Cornucopia of Secrets now online at…
Come on, folks… Let’s dig in together and see what we can find!
Note – Saturday morning
I’m off to work soon and when Marcus gets up (he worked nights on Friday) he’ll continue surfing through the new WikiLeaks and posting the gems here. If our readers find something interesting, please leave a comment with the reference and we’ll feature it in the post…
WikiLeaks has released dozens and dozens of previously undisclosed cables from the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.
I’m drooling as I look at some of the titles. Here’s a few samples and paragraphs culled from the latest release…
February 21, 2006: BARBADOS CABINET RESHUFFLE INCLUDES FORMER OPPOSITION LEADER (link)
“Mascoll’s Reward – Mottley’s Lot”
“Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley will now head the newly created Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development, leaving her former post as Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs. PM Arthur indicated that this shift would give Mottley the opportunity gain experience in the economic realm and allow her to focus on policy implementation. (Note: This shift plays directly to recent speculation that Arthur is grooming Mottley to replace him as Party Leader and PM sometime in the future. End Note.)”
January 18, 2006: LOCAL GUARD FORCE VEHICLES FUNDING REQUEST (link)
“Post requests funding to replace our existing two (2) LGP roving patrol vehicles that have exceeded their life-cycle:”
3. Due to extreme wear caused by poor road conditions in Barbados, operational coverage is being affected. The existing patrol vehicles have experienced significant amounts of “down time”. Both vehicles are currently in the shop for major mechanical repairs.
BFP Comments: I guess it makes sense that the US Embassy would have “Roving Patrol Vehicles” in Barbados. Interesting terminology. This Embassy cable also details what the replacement vehicles were requested.
MORE EMBASSY CABLES >>>>>
January 20, 2006: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO TREASURY ADVISOR CHARLES K. SCIARINI (link)
1. Embassy Bridgetown warmly grants country clearance to Treasury Advisor Charles K. Sciarini to travel to Antigua and Barbuda from January 22 – 30, 2006 and to Barbados from January 30 – 31, 2006.
2. Purpose of trip is to work with the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU)in Antigua and meet with NAS in Barbados.
BFP Comments: This one is very interesting because a Google search shows that Charles K. Sciarini is a retired FBI agent who investigated Osama Bin Laden and testified against him and others. See: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. USAMA BIN LADEN, et al.,
January 31, 2006: POSTS FOR FRAUD PREVENTION MANAGERS (link)
BFP Comments: This lengthy cable is interesting because it deals with Immigration Fraud and recounts some methods and individual arrests. The US Ambassador praises Barbados Immigration authorities and castigates several other Caribbean nations. Ambassador Kramer also has some observations about various nationalities and their propensity for committing Immigration Fraud.
January 31, 2006: CINGULAR WIRELESS – BARBADOS HOLDS UP SALE TO DIGICEL OVER NETWORK CODE ISSUE (link)
” Reportedly, the former monopoly telecom company in Barbados, Cable and Wireless, uses the Barbados code and has lobbied the government to force its two competitors to make the expensive conversion to the Barbados code, so that C&W can gain competitive advantage.
Why Cingular Cannot Make the Change
5. (SBU) Since Cingular is leaving the region, the company has zero incentive to invest in Barbados.”
“Cingular just wants out of Barbados. Digicel is an ally of Cingular in this fight because Digicel also does not want to change its HNI.”
BFP Comments: If you’re interested in how National interests play out against the interests of big business, or you are in the telecommunications industry in Barbados, this one is for you!
January 31, 2006: EASTERN CARIBBEAN WARY OF CARICOM SINGLE MARKET (Link)
“12. (SBU) Judging by the grand speeches on economic integration at nearly every CARICOM gathering, one would think that the CSME is a done deal. Unfortunately, these integrationist instincts are foiled by fears of uncontrolled immigration and loss of sovereignty. Protectionist economics have led to a “Single Market Lite,” resulting in limited gains from economic integration. If leaders can overcome their fears and develop a true single market, the region will likely benefit economically and have a better negotiating position in the FTAA, WTO, and other trade arenas. Most likely, CARICOM leaders will continue to slowly implement the “Single Market Lite” and not take any bold moves towards further integration.”
BFP Comments: US Ambassador Kramer politely states that CSME isn’t going to happen. Yup, we agree!
Note to Marcus: I stopped at this one at the bottom of page 2 that is about Human Trafficking. It might be worth a separate post. TIP SUBMISSION – BARBADOS