The controversial audio clip that has reverberated around Thailand over the past two weeks refuses to go away. On it, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and current Deputy Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa held a wide-ranging conversation which ran the gamut from mutual acquaintances and personal virility to military promotions and Thaksin's homecoming drive through an amnesty decree.
The script, its tone and details indicate an authentic conversation because they are too embarrassing, damaging and compromising for both Thaksin and Gen Yuthasak to have been doctored.
How they were recorded and leaked is a matter of speculation and conspiracy but their authenticity is difficult to deny. The clip brings Thaksin no closer to his opponents while alienating himself from his support base.