Barbados PM Owen Arthur asked the Ambassador Kramer to deliver a private message to President Bush
Sometimes snacks are more delicious than a large meal. With hundreds of cables from the US Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados yet to be exposed, Bajans at home and abroad are anxious to see what the insiders saw years ago. The latest drip, drip, drip concerns SIR Allen Stanford and also then Barbados PM Owen Arthur asking the US Ambassador to speak to President Bush.
Okay, I’ll bite: How much money did Sir Allen Stanford provide to the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party and when? The US Embassy cables make it clear that Stanford didn’t favour any particular political party: he gave his money freely to all sides.
What other revelations will be coming? The Barbados FBI files? Corrupt VECO building our new jail? Offshore bank accounts of BLP politicians? The Canadian Government’s intervention in that nasty mess with the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary? Stay tuned folks, because the hits keep on coming!
May 3, 2006 Cable from Bridgetown Embassy
“Sir Allen Stanford’s companies are rumored to engage in bribery, money laundering, and political manipulation.”
“Embassy officers do not reach out to Stanford because of the allegations of bribery and money laundering. The Ambassador managed to stay out of any one-on-one photos with Stanford during the breakfast. For his part, Stanford said he preferred to conduct his business without contacting the Embassy, resolving any investment disputes directly with local governments. It is whispered in the region that Stanford facilitates resolution with significant cash contributions.”
“Another table topic was PM Arthur’s belief that it is critical the United States provide leadership and make some specific statements about how it will move away from its “addiction” to oil. As the morning was coming to a close, he took the Ambassador’s arm and privately delivered a message for the President. President Bush, in his opinion, must lay out a new, innovative, and ambitious energy strategy for the U.S. In Arthur’s view, this is absolutely necessary for the the region, the hemisphere, and the world.”
February 18, 2009 Cable from Bridgetown Embassy
“The United Progressive Party (UPP), once the clear favorite to return to power, now has a real fight on its hands, which few predicted just two months ago. Rapidly falling numbers for tourism throughout the region coupled with increasing stories of murdered tourists, the indictment of the second largest employer on the island for fraud, and a failed cricket match finds Antigua in perhaps the perfect storm.”
“It is unclear if either party will try hard to use the Stanford indictment as an election issue — Stanford amassed his fortune under an ALP government, and was knighted by a UPP government, so all hands are likely equally dirty.”