How Prabowo spots ‘intel’ agents spying on his campaign rallies

Detik News – April 11, 2019
Prabowo Subianto campaign rally in Solo (Prabowo-Sandi Media Center)
Prabowo Subianto campaign rally in Solo (Prabowo-Sandi Media Center)

Marlinda Oktavia Erwanti, Jakarta – Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has a simple way of detecting ‘intel’ (intelligence agents) claiming that he can differentiate between intel and supporters at his campaign rallies.

Prabowo raised the issue when he was campaigning at the Sriwedari Stadium in the Central Java city of Solo on Wednesday April 10.

Initially, Prabowo was speaking about the TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) maintaining neutrality during the 2019 presidential elections (pilpres).

The former Army Special Forces (Kopassus) commander then spelt out how he detects intel agents who are monitoring his campaign events.

“This is how intel are visible, this is the face of intel. How do I know? How do I know? Want to know how?”, Prabowo asked during the campaign rally.

Prabowo said he is able to differentiate intel from ordinary people by their attitude. According to Prabowo, intel agents will not join in with his supporters at rallies who are laughing.

“So it’s like this. I know they’re intel like this, if I make a remark and tens of thousands laugh, these people, yes the infiltrators, now you see everyone’s smiling... but operatives aren’t allowed to smile, so they must be on duty”, he said.

“And if there are those there wearing 02 [Prabowo electoral ticket number] hats, 02 T-shirts and everyone is laughing in the crowd. Several hundred thousand of them. All of them are laughing [but] if three people (aren’t laughing, now, they’re intel)”, said Prabowo. (jbr/dwia)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Cara Deteksi Intel ala Prabowo”.]