Thaksin Meeting Nelson Mandela?

There has been a lot of speculation about the authenticity of photos showing ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra meeting Nelson Mandela. Interestingly, none of the Thai media outlets did the smallest bit of research and instead jumped right into the speculation. It was Saksith Saiyasombut who simply contacted the office of Nelson Mandela to check out whether a meeting took place or not.

The answer is: they did meet. (See the details and full story here – although it still isn’t clear whether the pictures are real or fake).

BkkGreg put it best:

The irony of Thaksin meeting a guy who did 27 years in jail just to prove he was stronger than his enemies is making my head hurt.