BREAKING HERE FIRST: CBC sacks Peter Wickham over secret corruption briefings to US Ambassador

WikiLeaks “Confidential” US Embassy cable takes down Wickham

CADRES’ Peter Wickham revealed to US Diplomats: Campaign financing corruption, payoffs, “sweetheart deals”, political corruption by Leroy Parris & CLICO, drug money funding political campaigns, flying in of voters from USA.

“At the same time that Wickham was a political consultant, he provided secret briefings to US Embassy personnel about his clients’ activities. He’s finished. Who would hire him again?”

CBC senior executives “outraged”

Prime Minister Stuart said to be “beside himself” over CLICO / Leroy Parris revelations.

… CBC insider exclusive to Barbados Free Press

EXCLUSIVE to Barbados Free Press

(News media must attribute to “Barbados Free Press”)

The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) sacked journalist and political analyst Peter Wickham on September 1st over the contents of a US Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks on August 30th, 2011.

A CBC insider tells only Barbados Free Press that the Barbados DLP government and CBC senior executives remain “outraged” after learning that Peter Wickham provided a series of secret briefings to US diplomats “over several years” where Mr. Wickham discussed and provided details about political corruption in the Caribbean. The briefings included information about the activities of clients and former clients.

Hitting the fan!

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is said to be “beside himself” over the cable, which reveals among other facts that CLICO executive, former CBC Chairman and DLP supporter Leroy Parris provided large sums of under the table money to the Dominica DLP in exchange for business and a diplomatic passport. Barbados government members are concerned that the cable will provide more fodder for BLP Opposition calls for details on CLICO financial abuses and CLICO’s political funding of the Barbados DLP. (Editor: No kidding!)

“Wickham met periodically with Embassy Officers over the past several years”

The February 3, 2006 “CONFIDENTIAL” cable was sent by Mary Kramer, (then US Ambassador to Barbados and the Caribbean) and is published at the end of this post. The WikiLeaks cable references other US Embassy cables that are not included in the WikiLeaks releases – indicating that the United States State Department is in possession of additional information that remains secret.

The February 3, 2006 cable also contains Mr. Wickham’s assessment of Caribbean political funding.

Wickham’s assessment and information makes an excellent case for Campaign Financing and disclosure laws in Barbados…

“The amount of money spent on political campaigns in the Caribbean has increased with each election, according to Peter Wickham, a consultant who has worked for various governments and political parties throughout the region.

With no campaign finance laws or disclosure requirements present in most countries, political parties are free to accept funding from any source, including wealthy expatriates seeking to curry favor for their business and personal interests.”

Comment:  The increasing availability of campaign funds to Caribbean political leaders, combined with a lack of legal control over how the money is raised, makes for a troubling situation in a region where many turn a blind eye to corruption.

A few hundred thousand dollars, a pittance to a wealthy businessperson in Barbados or the Cayman Islands, could buy a great deal of influence in one of the small, economically troubled countries in the region.  Some of this influence may be purchased to further legitimate business concerns, but as in the case of marijuana growers, or even the bearers of passports to which they are not entitled, the influence could be used for more nefarious purposes.”

… US Ambassador Mary Kramer in WikiLeaked cable from US Embassy Barbados

Peter Wickham unaware of reason for sacking

Saturday’s Nation newspaper quotes Peter Wickham as not knowing why the CBC sacked him. According to BFP’s source, Wickham may not yet be aware of the reason for his firing.

Says Wickham to The Nation…

“No rationale was given… Needless to say, I am not pleased.”

“Where there’s a termination letter there’s always the impression conveyed that there was incompetence, misbehaviour, non-performance or underperformance, and I hope that’s not the belief that goes out there,”

Peter Wickham quoted in the Nation story CBC sacks Wickham

If Mr. Wickham wishes to comment on our story, we’d be pleased to publish whatever he emails us. Barbados Free Press published Peter Wickham’s writing during the 2007 election when the newspapers refused.

February 3, 2006 “CONFIDENTIAL” US Embassy cable from Mary Kramer, then US Ambassador to Barbados…

WikiLeaks US Embassy Cable: 06BRIDGETOWN239

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TAGS: PGOV PREL CPAS CVIS EINV OFDP PINR SNAR XL
SUBJECT: CARIBBEAN POLITICS: AN INSIDER’S VIEW

REF: A. BRIDGETOWN 85

¶B. 05 BRIDGETOWN 1216
¶C. 05 BRIDGETOWN 95

Classified By: Acting DCM Sheila Peters, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: Caribbean political campaigns are awash with
money from a variety of sources, particularly wealthy
expatriates seeking to influence governments, according to
regional political consultant Peter Wickham.  The
availability of money favors ruling parties and has
dramatically changed the way campaigns are run, giving
inordinate influence to outside consultants, as well as
non-nationals and members of the diaspora from whom much of
the money is raised.  In the extreme, this has allowed an
American billionaire to virtually purchase the Government of
Antigua and Barbuda.  It has also led to special
consideration and sweetheart deals for certain regional
businesses; in some instances campaign contributors have been
rewarded with diplomatic passports.  Considering the
diminutive size of governments in the Caribbean, a relatively
small campaign contribution by U.S. standards promises great
benefits for the contributor and, unfortunately, provides
increasing opportunities for corruption.  End summary.

—————–
Money in Politics
—————–

¶2. (C) The amount of money spent on political campaigns in
the Caribbean has increased with each election, according to
Peter Wickham, a consultant who has worked for various
governments and political parties throughout the region.
With no campaign finance laws or disclosure requirements
present in most countries, political parties are free to
accept funding from any source, including wealthy expatriates
seeking to curry favor for their business and personal
interests.  The most extreme example is American billionaire
Allan Stanford, who has spent millions to virtually buy
Antigua and Barbuda by bankrolling either party and providing
funding for Government projects.  Influence does not have to
come at such a high price, however, considering the small
size of the countries in the region.  A sudden injection of
US$350,000 in the last two weeks of St. Vincent’s December
2005 election campaign allowed the ruling Unity Labor Party
to sway voters in a handful of hard fought parliamentary
races by helping people pay overdue bills, fix leaking roofs,
and buy groceries.

¶3. (C) Money has changed the manner in which campaigns are
run, with outside consultants such as Wickham having great
influence in countries where political decisions used to
depend solely on the opinions of local party leaders.
Wickham agreed with the assessment of other observers, who
have noted how campaigns once depended on rousing oratory by
stump speakers but now feature expensive rallies with musical
acts and other entertainment; the political speakers are an
annoyance that the audience must endure.  Campaigns also rely
on in-kind donations from local supporters or members of the
diaspora.  Shipping containers full of hats, T-shirts,
posters and other campaign paraphernalia typically arrive
from the U.S. as elections approach.  Money also allows
parties to fly in supporters from overseas.  Wickham believes
the ruling party flew about 400 people to St. Vincent from
the U.S. for the recent election.  Dominica, however, is the
major offender with both parties flying in several planeloads
of people from the U.S. for its May 2005 election.

————————————–
Dominica Diplomatic Passports for Sale
————————————–

¶4. (C) In poor, economically strapped Dominica, well over
US$2 million was spent on the 2005 election campaign, with
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s ruling Dominica Labor
Party (DLP) having the lion’s share.  Although the opposition
charged that China funded the ruling party, most of the money
came from wealthy Caribbean expatriates.  The Government did
not deny, for example, opposition charges that a
non-Dominican living in the Cayman Islands provided the
ruling DLP with funds in exchange for a diplomatic passport
(ref B).  According to Wickham, the largest amount of money
came from Leroy Parris, Chairman of CLICO Holdings Limited, a
Barbados-based insurance and real estate company.  The
Government rewarded Parris with a particularly friendly
business environment and his company will soon finance
construction of a new housing development in Dominica.
Parris was also named a “Goodwill Ambassador” who will help
attract investment to the country.

¶5. (C) Note:  The Government of Dominica’s interpretation of
“Goodwill Ambassador” appears to include real diplomatic
status.  In September 2005, the Dominica MFA sent Post a
diplomatic note requesting that it issue a visa in the
diplomatic passport of “Ambassador at Large” Parris.  Despite
Post’s repeated requests for an explanation of the capacity
in which Parris, a Barbados citizen, will serve as a Dominica
diplomat, the MFA failed to provide an answer.  Post recently
returned the passport to the MFA without the requested visa.
Dominica also continues to have an active economic
citizenship program, through which individuals from various
countries of concern have previously purchased passports.
End note.

——————————–
Ralph Gonsalves Sure Can Cuss…
——————————–

¶6. (C) In St. Vincent, Wickham works for Prime Minister Ralph
Gonsalves’s ruling Unity Labor Party (ULP), where the PM was
closely involved in planning the recent campaign and
personally reviewed each opinion poll and discussed the
results with his advisors.  Wickham is impressed with
Gonsalves’s intelligence and attention to detail, although
the PM can get too involved in minutia and is often openly
critical of those around him.  “When you have been cussed out
by Ralph you have really been cussed at,” said Wickham.  He
does not believe that voting irregularities allowed the
ruling ULP to win three closely contested parliamentary seats
in the December election, as the opposition has claimed (ref
A).  Instead, Wickham is of the opinion that it was the
aforementioned infusion of cash and flying in of voters that
allowed the ruling party to win the three races his polling
showed they could very well have lost.

——————————-
…But Not at Marijuana Growers
——————————-

¶7. (C) Marijuana growers have considerable influence in St.
Vincent, where they are not necessarily considered
undesirables but can be quite prominent people, according to
Wickham.  He thinks there is some truth to the rumors that
that certain individuals tied to the drug trade provided
funding to Gonsalves’s ULP, at least during the 2001 election
that brought it to power (ref C).  In Wickham’s assessment,
Gonsalves has to appear to be doing just enough to tackle
marijuana production to satisfy the USG and CARICOM member
states.  “Vincentian ganja is a big thing” in the Caribbean,
said Wickham, who believes that it is difficult for the
Government of St. Vincent to crack down on one of the
country’s few lucrative industries.

——————————–
St. Lucia Politics Up in the Air
——————————–

¶8. (C) St. Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony is hard to
read; his comments during political strategy sessions amount
to little and it is unclear how engaged the PM is, in
Wickham’s assessment of another of his clients.  Wickham
offered that the current political situation in St. Lucia,
where a Member of Parliament who represented a small third
party recently resigned her seat, is very unsettled.  The MP
had intended her resignation as a means to force PM Anthony
to call a national election earlier than it is
constitutionally due in December 2006.  Anthony declined to
do so, but his ruling party could look weak if the opposition
United Workers’ Party, led by former Prime Minister John
Compton, wins the by-election that must be held by April to
determine who will fill the empty parliamentary seat.  The
outcome could have a significant impact on the upcoming
national election.

———————-
Biographic Information
———————-

¶9. (U) Peter Wickham is the Director of Caribbean Development
Research Services, Inc. (CADRES), a Barbados-based consulting
firm specializing in public opinion polling.  Among CADRES’s
clients are a variety of corporations, international
organizations, and media outlets.  Wickham is best known for
his work as a political consultant, conducting polls for
governments and political parties throughout the Caribbean.
CADRES recently opened an office in Trinidad and will soon
begin working in Guyana.  Wickham identifies himself as a
liberal and his clients are typically labor parties.  He
says, however, that it is preferable to work for ruling
parties, regardless of ideology, because they tend to pay
their bills.  Wickham is also a political commentator who
appears on TV and radio in Barbados and writes a weekly
column for the “Nation,” the country’s leading newspaper.  He
completed his bachelor’s (Political Science and Law, with
honors, 1990) and master’s (Political Science, 1993) degrees
at the University of the West Indies, where he also served as
a Liaison Officer for the University of California’s
Education Abroad Program.  The affable Wickham has met
periodically with Emboffs over the past several years to
offer his views on a variety of issues.

¶10. (C) Comment:  The increasing availability of campaign
funds to Caribbean political leaders, combined with a lack of
legal control over how the money is raised, makes for a
troubling situation in a region where many turn a blind eye
to corruption.  A few hundred thousand dollars, a pittance to
a wealthy businessperson in Barbados or the Cayman Islands,
could buy a great deal of influence in one of the small,
economically troubled countries in the region.  Some of this
influence may be purchased to further legitimate business
concerns, but as in the case of marijuana growers, or even
the bearers of passports to which they are not entitled, the
influence could be used for more nefarious purposes.  End
comment.
KRAMER

Photo of Peter Wickham courtesy of The Nation. PhotoShop treatment by Shona

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64 responses to “BREAKING HERE FIRST: CBC sacks Peter Wickham over secret corruption briefings to US Ambassador

  1. Sweetheart Leroy

    I’ll give you 100 to 1 odds the Barbados newspapers will not cover this post.

    On second thought, make that 1000 to 1 odds.

    Thank you BFP!

  2. Ping Pong

    “Wickham agreed with the assessment of other observers, who
    have noted how campaigns once depended on rousing oratory by
    stump speakers but now feature expensive rallies with musical
    acts and other entertainment; the political speakers are an
    annoyance that the audience must endure.”

    does BFP still believe that integrity legislation or any other issue of real import was decisive in the minds of voters in the last election? As the late PM Thompson said at that famous meeting at Haggatt Hall in referring to the DLP campaign (words to the effect) “people can see how we are spending the money but not so much the BLP!”

    “allowed the ruling Unity Labor Party to sway voters in a handful of hard fought parliamentary races by helping people pay overdue bills, fix leaking roofs, and buy groceries.”

    There was an independent candidate in a Barbados election named Haddock. He dropped out of the race because he could not pay constituents utility bills or furnish them with house appliances. He described the electorate as “the people of lost causes”.

  3. Like dey so!

    The revelations of Peter Wickham are not astounding for what they are. Any Bajan knows the way it is. What is astounding is that Mr. Wickham briefed US Embassy personnel “for years” about the activities of his clients.

    Poor show, Mr. Wickham! Telling the truth! Shame! Shame!

    I can give a prediction on what will happen as a result of this Wikileak: nothing. Wickham is finished. The press and the government will ignore the cable. Business as per usual will be the result.

  4. GLINE CLARKE IS A RACIST

    “At the same time that Wickham was a political consultant, he provided secret briefings to US Embassy personnel about his clients’ activities. He’s finished. Who would hire him again?”

    GOT THAT RIGHT BFP

  5. Red Lake Lassie

    Wickham is finished.

  6. 152

    This DLP Government is far more corrupt than the BLP. The DLP is like an iceberg where most of the corruption remains hidden beneath the waves.

    The DLP have protected Leroy Parris and they will continue to protect him because he knows how much he gave, he knows the favours and the stories. Wickham is finished and that is true. Nothing else will change.

  7. smaucs

    I hope Wickham has all his credit cards paid off because if he is carrying a balance he might find it very difficult to make payments. He could be a red cap at Grantley Adams I suppose. Damn Wikileaks anyway. What right do they have to do this? What right do you BFP have to do this? F you all.

  8. what will they think of next

    I wonder if the US Embassy paid him enough to last for the rest of his life?

  9. JUST ASKING

    cant peter get a ZR drivers licence , buy a taxi, sell ground provisions, sell insurance (oh no !) or sell nuts ??
    doesnt the ‘nut man’ make good money ?
    isnt the nut man from st vincent?
    if a st vincent nut man can make it in Barbados , cant a bajan nut man or snocone vendor make in Barbados ?
    cant peter just leave barbados and find work ?

  10. Wily Coyote

    Everyone is missing the point, “Is what he said a reasonable representation of the TRUTH”. Corruption at all levels is rampant in the Caribbean, Barbados included, politicians are the rule and not the exception.

  11. tony

    Finished what! The DLP supporters are so ashamed that they will come to absurd conclusions on these matters. Campaign financing ixs nothing new only that the DLP would like to fool those that it can. Wake up and understand that this is an incompetent useless government which hopes to blame everyone and everything for its own inadequacies.the sun will rise tomorrow and the DLP will be looking to blame someonle else for its bland , crass nonsense

  12. Concerned Citizen

    There is no political party that will operate in the best interest of the people. All are corrupt, all are are liars and I am not only talking about the caribbean, it exist and has existed all over the world from time in memorian. All leaders are corrupt, and I mean ALL!!!!. All we can do is pay our taxes and obey the laws of the land. Now I guess the response would be, “Lets vote in the BLP”. Please, Get out of the Left right paradigm and understand that the world does not operate as we think.

  13. littleboy

    Propaganda? Mary Kramer left Barbados BEFORE the DLP regaained power.

  14. BFP

    To littleboy…

    So what if Kramer left Bim before the DLP were elected? So what? Wickham was briefing the US Diplomats for years.

    What is your point? The facts seem to speak for themselves according to the WikiLeaks US Embassy cable.

  15. Fire Gline Clarke's ass!

    Wickham is in deep doo doo. At Barbados Underground they are excusing his years of secretly briefing the US diplomats with the excuse that everything he told them he already said in the open press.

    Ahhhh no! NO WAY! Read the embassy cable. Wickham was telling all about his clients secrets. Read it! This will not go away by wishing! LOL

    There must be some answers provided in an appropriate public inquiry.

    Peter Wickham, what have you done? You should make a clarifying statement ASAP! PLUS: is everything you said true? Did your client fly in planeloads of expatriates to vote? SHAME!

  16. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Wickham is not really finish you know. He can use this as a platform to launch his own branch of integrity and woe the many voters to his side who are fed up with the revelations of corruption, so secretly camouflage and gloss over, by the nefarious behaviours of both long serving political parties. It is obvious, for which many right thinking bajans knew for a long time, that the politics that play in our small island is advantageous to the elected, where at any cost necessary, these wicked SOBs’ use their influence towards affluence and comforts beyond comforts.

    I know that it would be ludicrous for Peter Wickham to bring full disclosure to the “nandy pandies” of both politicals parties. Doing so may subject his life to horrors he never imagine or some sudden illness or calamity that may cause him to lose it. But I would use this as prop to start my own political party; they are many out there who are looking for the new face of politics and no better time then to launch a Peter Wickham into Politics is now. I would vote for you and any other persons who does look like the DLP or BLP soldiers of plunder, corruption and cover up.

  17. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    What’s missing from…

    ”I would vote for you and any other persons who does look like the DLP or BLP soldiers of plunder, corruption and cover up.”

    What it should be

    ”I would vote for you and any other persons who does not look like the DLP or BLP soldiers of plunder, corruption and cover up.”

  18. Legislation Now

    “According to Wickham, the largest amount of money came from Leroy Parris, Chairman of CLICO Holdings Limited, a Barbados-based insurance and real estate company.” the cable states.

    Should tax-payers money be thrown after a company which is the friend of the government, and has somehow misplaced hundreds of millions of dollars in assets? Is this company in anyway responsible for this scheme?

    There is a saying “too honest, too poor” and it is playing out here. If you are honest you get grind, but if you operate a scheme tax-payers will pay for your misdeeds while those responsible roam on diplomatic passports.

    It seems that governments accept donations from all and sundry, and then repay them with interest at the expense of taxpayers when they are in power and can suck taxes from especially the middle class. There is therefore a business in getting a political party elected, and it can be a risk free investment, if you can finance both parties.

  19. LOVE OF money is the root of all evil
    and it now surrounds us!

    The entire political system GLOBALLY = ALL COUNTRIES
    is now a sham and a mess.
    Americans are looking to throw out ALL elected reps.
    -to be replaced with equal scum?

    And…here in Bin, we castigate the DLP
    -to replace them with the BLP??
    Doan mek me laugh………………
    All like now so, NDP/Richie must be laughin at wunnuh!)

    The whole Greek Democracy political thing has now become unsustainable, worldwide, and it’s all about the money-greed thing.
    Corruption is the norm in all countries except for a few Scandanavian countries, and even they…………

  20. Concerned Citizen

    “The WikiLeaks cable references other US Embassy cables that are not included in the WikiLeaks releases – indicating that the United States State Department is in possession of additional information that remains secret.”

    Interesting comment above. Can this information be used as leverage against caribbean governments? The current info released may not be the most damaging.

  21. just like to know

    I am not interested in all countries, I am interested in Barbados. Why are bajans putting down Peter Wickham? for telling the truth about Leroy Parris, most Barbadians knew he was supplying the money for the last election to the Democratic Labour Party, so, what’s new, But all the dems yard fowls will be now shouting ” shoot him shoot him ” for the truth. It makes me sick. Remember the Present P. M. said, this man Leroy Parris is his friend, so whatever he did or does, He will not send him over to be put in jail, or word to that effect. The CLICO beneficiaries will never get a dime of their money in my lifetime or the next, if ever.

  22. Middle class taxed to poverty

    So because Mr. Wickham spoke what appears to be the truth he should be punished so that deceitful, lying, politicians can continue to access power at any cost while they fools the masses at the bottom, and the oppressed twice squeezed middle class… i dont understand that

  23. Bajan Born

    “Sitting on de river and talking de river bad.” Some people ain’t got no common sense. They hire an educated “talking head” and don’t know that “the dog that brings a bone carries a bone”. So wuh yuh expect a dog to do but be a dog? Other people is always bite de hand that feed them!

    What kind of “characters” is our society exalting? Who have no loyalty or integrity whatsoever but put everything up for sale to the highest bidder too.
    Their money stamp: “gi’ me more”. They got the gi’me gi’mes and we the taxpayers are who financing them. I thought slavery done but this new kind
    gets up on platforms and exalts the use of chains and whips. And cuddear people duz pay them hundreds of dollars for the pleasure.

    But slavery done and we are “independent”. We are an “Independent Sovereign Nation” up for sale to the highest bidder. Buy we and put we out of we misery please.

  24. Pieter Pieper

    It may be that the time has come for our own “Arab Spring”,time for the electorate to recognize that there is already in existence an alternative to the BLP and the DLP.It is perhaps time for voters to look closely at the PEOPLE’S EMPOWERMENT PARTY…its philosophy and the backgrounds of its candidates in the next election.The party may bring about the change we so desperately need…transparency,integrity and accountability most of all

  25. Str8 Up

    Shame on Peter wickham. it is one thing to be gay but to be gay and foolish is absolute “whorendous”.

  26. rasta man

    Aren’t all gays stupid?

  27. Responder

    It is the same old, same old bullshit from both political parties. They both think that the electorate is a greedy, yard fowl bitches. What Peter has done, i compliment him. the only problem is we do not have a third alternative to vote for, so we continue to recycle these jokers to our detriment.

  28. Intelligence

    Barbados no doubt has various treaties with the US which involves investments, financial assistance and other such bilateral matters.

    The US intelligence services and agencies are entitled to know what is going on in a country to facilitate these matters and get the information from whomever they think is analytical.and competent.

    God forbid that a Barbadian should tell the truth which is known by everyone except for the willfully blind political yardfowl!

  29. Concerned citizen

    For those of you who are quick to point the finger at Mr. Peter Wickham. Note that the truth as we all know is and has always been out there. Mr.Wickham had the moral fortitude to do what the the many callers to the radio stations could not do. I compliment him for doing it. We need more people to stand up for the truth to bring this country back in order. We all have the right to freedom of speech and if we would stop pulling each other down think of the power we would have as a country. We all need to unite for the truth.

  30. Posh

    Wait I don’t see in the cable where it says that he told them this behind closed doors? Could not the cable be referring to statements Wickham made publicly that have been in the paper. I am sure a statement such as political financing has increased with every election was a public statement of him.

    It seems the cable is taking his quote and taking a sub-position and portraying what damaging effects these campaign financiers could be having.

    She could simply be quoting him from the papers.

  31. What has Wickham secretly told the US since 2006?

    Mr. Wickham did not have “moral fortitude”. He snuck around behind everyone’s back and told tales on the very people and organisations he was being paid to represent. He didn’t stand up in public and call for inquires into the corruption, he was part of the group. In St. Vincent he knew what his client was doing but he said nothing. Wickham is not some hero who stood up in public, he slunk around in the shadows.

    The wiki cable is inconvenient for him but if it never surfaced he would have remained silent about the corruption in public.

    IS WICKHAM STILL GIVING BRIEFINGS TO THE US DIPLOMATS?

    When was the last briefing? This 2006 cable is only a cable from that date. What did he tell them since? What did he tell them about the 2008 Barbados election?

  32. What has Wickham secretly told the US since 2006?

    Posh: You cannot show where Wickham said these things in public. Look for it. He did not. He said these things in secret! Go ahead, show us where he told about Leroy Parris in public. Go ahead! (YOU CAN’T)

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  34. Zack

    @just like to know
    September 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    I am not interested in all countries, I am interested in Barbados. Why are bajans putting down Peter Wickham? for telling the truth about Leroy Parris, most Barbadians knew he was supplying the money for the last election to the Democratic Labour Party, so, what’s new, But all the dems yard fowls will be now shouting ” shoot him shoot him ” for the truth.
    =============================
    I agree with you, we shouldn’t be critical of Wickham for exposing corruption, but why would he choose to secretly expose it to the US gov’t? Is it because he expect the US gov’t to do something about it? As we can see in his latest response, he is denying that he went into details of corruption and election financing because he claims he is not privy to such information, but nobody else in the world has refruted the authenticity of the wikileaks cables. Maybe he is trying to say that Kramer lied in her cables. Obviously he didn’t expect this to come back to haunt him, and now he’s worried about saving his career.

  35. Zack

    @What has Wickham secretly told the US since 2006?
    September 4, 2011 at 2:18 am
    Mr. Wickham did not have “moral fortitude”. He snuck around behind everyone’s back and told tales on the very people and organisations he was being paid to represent.
    =========================
    WRONG!! He wasn’t “representing” anybody. His job is not representing any gov’t or political party. As an independent organization he’s paid to conduct opinion polls and provide analytical information based on the results.

  36. Legislation Now

    It is now his statement against the mighty USA, because the cable said meetings took place with Emboff. The cable did not say he met with the ambassador.

    “The affable Wickham has met periodically with Emboffs over the past several years to offer his views on a variety of issues.”

  37. 21

    So we gine kill Peter when we should be asking the PM if :Leroy is still his friend.

  38. DeBagLady

    Yes, Wickham’s revelations were not groundbreaking, but it is certainly a source of embarrassment for the parties identified. Wickham’s credibility as a researcher may also have been compromised. What guarantees do I have that sensitive information shared between myself and the professional info-seeker will remain ‘confidential’? However, the evidence in those cables is a re-affirmation of the overwhelming need to implement stringent guidelines re political campaign financing in the region. Investments are always welcome. Nevertheless, if any lessons are to be gleaned from the Antigua/Stanford experience, one such lesson should be that greater levels of scrutiny and prudence have to be exercised when entertaining local barons and international money-men.

  39. Zack

    @Pieter Pieper
    September 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm
    It may be that the time has come for our own “Arab Spring”,time for the electorate to recognize that there is already in existence an alternative to the BLP and the DLP.It is perhaps time for voters to look closely at the PEOPLE’S EMPOWERMENT PARTY…its philosophy and the backgrounds of its candidates in the next election.The party may bring about the change we so desperately need…transparency,integrity and accountability most of all.
    ===========================
    Problem with the PEP is that it does not have sufficient candidates to win an election…only 6 candidates with 30 seats being contested.

  40. 38

    Peter Wickham should be ashamed of himself. If this is the way he felt he was supposed to stop taking the hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients and say what he said. He wants to have his cake and still eat it. The same thing he does in St.Kitts. Takes thousands of dollars from the PM of St.Kitts when he very well knows the dollars are tainted with corruption. But it suits him fine.

  41. Zack

    @Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Peter Wickham should be ashamed of himself. If this is the way he felt he was supposed to stop taking the hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients and say what he said. He wants to have his cake and still eat it. The same thing he does in St.Kitts. Takes thousands of dollars from the PM of St.Kitts when he very well knows the dollars are tainted with corruption. But it suits him fine.
    ======================
    It may have been something of a moral dilemma for Wickham, he needed to make a living in what he is good at, but maybe he also felt that strongly about corruption in Caribbean governments.

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  43. The Spy

    Let us all shoot the messenger, he had no right bringing out the news. We are a f’king pack of jokers ansd should be glad that politicfal corrupyion has been exposed.

  44. The Spy

    …political corruption has been exposed

  45. The Spy

    …political corruption

  46. Anon

    I am not surprised that Peter Wickham’s chickens have come home to roost. I was in Antigua in 2004 when Cadres did a poll prior to the General Election there.

    I invite Peter Wickham to come back to this forum and tell Barbadians what Lester Bird asked him to do to influence the vote against Baldwin Spencer (then Opposition leader) and for how much money ?

    Thank goodness Baldwin Spencer won.

    And to think that Peter Wickham’s cronies like Mr. Stig Merritt are employed in the Barbados Public Service ( interfacing with critical Ministries) I wonder what sensitive information is being leaked ?

    Wake up Freundel Stuart, more persons needs to fired.

  47. Straight talk

    Wickham: if it’s true defend it.

    Alternatively take the Muscle Mary option, and weakly threaten “legal advice”.

    You have been called out now, integrity or system yardfowl.

    Be a man, not a puppet.

    Your pathetic disclaimer is disappointing to all who valued your independence,

  48. Randy Bridgeman

    “Concerned Citizen’s” 5:03 pm post hit the proverbial nail on the head. Whether or not you agree with Mr. Wickham’s method of disclosure, question his integrity etc., the fact of the matter is that apparently he mashed sum big corns bout de place. And the bigups doan likeum one bit. Nevvuh do. Lapdogs always rush to defend those caught with their little fiendish fingers in the cookie jar

    Folks, wake up and smell the Ovaltine: there’s spiritual wickedness in high places, plain and simple. I’m praying that the full truth will surface eventually, that corruption will be exposed for all to observe, heads will roll as a result and that we would have cleaner governments throughout the Caribbean. But then again given the nature of man, this may be expecting too much. Just look at how the wagons circle when there’s a perceived threat from the outside. There’s something called righteous indignation which any justice-loving person should exhibit from time to time.

    I gone doh, people. Walk holy.

  49. Posh

    What makes Peter any different from the Governments we elect? Except we should expect better from our governments?

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  51. Hi Barbados Free Press

    Did you know that FORBES.com is running with your exclusive?

    The give credit and a link to “Barbados Free Press”

    How many thousand visits you going to get from that?

  52. Don’t miss the point, the point is not that this is the truth, which we all know it is. The point is when you are in a position of trust you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. This is like my doctor given my medical information to the pharmaceutical companies who then send me they samples, which by the way a lot of them do.

    Totally unethical and in this age of information at a key stroke how could he be so stupid?

    Wikileaks has never be found to publish fake information there has always been a legitimate trail and none of the most powerful people who have been featured on this site have ever had the balls to even try to deny the information, Wickham has balls but really has not throught this plan of attack out logically. He is done.

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  54. OWING AFTER

    WHEN THE WIND BLOWS OVER Peter Wickham will still get work! The desperate and power hungry will hire him, use him, and threaten him. The man does call the odds right often enough to be of use to CORRUPTED Caribbean political parasites. Money talks and people walk ..Wickham knows that!. Do you guys remember how he was rocking back in the living room watching the returns for the Obama election. Time will tell…and more wikis will be released as well.

  55. Zack

    @bajan55x
    September 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    Don’t miss the point, the point is not that this is the truth, which we all know it is. The point is when you are in a position of trust you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. This is like my doctor given my medical information to the pharmaceutical companies who then send me they samples, which by the way a lot of them do.
    ==============================
    WRONG! You’re talking about Patient-Doctor confidentiality or Attorney-Client privileges, and this situation is not akin to that. This is more like mason or carpenter being employed to work on a house, and noticed some strange criminal activity going on inside the house. It’s then up to him to report what he sees to the authorities, or turn a blind eye to it so he can get work from that house owner in the future.

  56. Anonymous

    I dont believe what i see in wikileaks. It is a pity that such releases are disowned by the embassy when challenged. They say they are not sure if the release is authentic. What a laugh. I believe that stories are written to try to support the US embassy’s unfounded suspicions and people like Peter pay the price.
    I can speak for one of the Parties for which Peter works and I state categorically that Peter never gets on the inside of any of our campaigns.
    He does the part of the work for which we pay him and he does it very well.
    The stories and figures quoted in the cable could never have come from Peter because they are untrue. The embassy listens to the opposition complaints and propaganda. These juicy stories satisfy the Embassy’s view of our part of the world and their biases and they use the Caribbean Peters to try to make them sound convincing. Peter is a professional of very high integrity and I accept his press release as truthful

  57. Anonymous

    I HAVE ALWAYS RESPECT PETER AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.MY PROBLEM IS IF U HAVE CLIENTS U NEED TO B MORE CONFIDENTIAL.I AM SORRY TO HEAR ALL THIS BUT TIME WILL TELL WHAT THIS WILL CAUSE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR POLITICS…IT IS GOING TO B AN INTERESTING YR IN BIM…KEEP WATCH…THE HALF AS NEVER YET BEEN TOLD

  58. Anonymous

    why do we want to believe the rep of the USA whose peers gave former Presidents incorrect political intelligence causing them to make decisions which have created havoc for mankind. Peter is one of us , he is a highly respected professional who is invariably correct in his work.
    Peter has come out and refuted the info sent by Kramer. Does she have enough “balls” to respond. No. Some great women do have balls but not Kramer. I would not stand silent and allow this anti caribbean stooge to spread such propaganda on the region and one of its better sons. Peters lifestyle maybe far different to mine but I really do respect him for his professionalism. The Americans claim to have campaign financing regulations but check it out closely and you would find that that is a FARCE.
    The sums they spend on elections would feed all the starving children in

  59. pretty baby

    IS THIS THE SAME PETER WICKHAM WHO WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SVG RALPH AND COMPANY ,PAID HANDSOMELY AND STILL TALK THEM WITH THE USA GOVERNMENT REP, THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

  60. Random Thoughts

    21 said on September 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm
    “So we gine kill Peter when we should be asking the PM if :Leroy is still his friend.”

    Good question.

    Is Leroy Parris still Freundel’s friend?

    And if so when will Fruendel persuade his friend Leroy to pay policy holders and former employees the money due to them?

  61. cynjalex@sunbeach.net

    A man is innocent until proven guilty. I would like to hear my American Ambassador’s comments.

  62. I take most things I read with a pinch of salt. I receive mail from time to time, supposedly sent by me to me. I have been offered help to enlarge my penis among other things and Internet Explorer has refused me access because of the things I say and do over the internet. First I am a woman, a new grandmother, a senior citizen who gives thanks each day for being free of cancer. I say all this to say “don’t believe everything damn thing you read.”

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