WikiLeaks reveal Peter Wickham in private briefings with US Embassy Political Officers, diplomats FOR YEARS
Feb 3, 2006, US Ambassador Mary Kramer: “Wickham has met periodically with Emboffs over the past several years to offer his views on a variety of issues.”
Sept 22, 2006, US Ambassador Mary Kramer: “Wickham… a credible source.”
Sept 22, 2006, US Ambassador Mary Kramer: “In a recent meeting with PolOff, Wickham assessed the current political situation in Barbados as generally favorable to the DLP.”
Nov 17, 2006, US Ambassador Mary Ourisman: “Peter Wickham, political scientist, pollster, and consultant to the SLP, said in a private conversation with PolOff (Political Officer) on September 15 “
May 22, 2008, US Ambassador Mary Ourisman: “In the last election the Chinese gave money to both of the major parties in Barbados, in order to assure continued recognition, (Wickham) added.”
Will Peter Wickham now ‘revise’ his previous Press Statement?
Sacked CBC Journalist Peter Wickham issued a CADRES Press Statement in response to our September 3, 2001 Exclusive story: BREAKING HERE FIRST: CBC sacks Peter Wickham over secret corruption briefings to US Ambassador.
In that CADRES Press Statement, Mr. Wickham issued a Clintonesque slippery denial – saying he never met privately with US Ambassador Mary Kramer.
Hey! Nobody ever said Wickham met privately with the US Ambassador, so why was that the subject of his press statement?
An anonymous reader thought they knew the reason and contributed Wickham’s Sticky Wicket – CADRES Press Statement wiggles and wobbles. The BFP reader noted some flaws and holes in Mr. Wickham’s explanation and denial.
Barbados Free Press crew finds more WikiLeak Secret Briefings!
Your BFP team spent the last 24 hours finding more WikiLeaks US Embassy cables naming Peter Wickham as the source in private briefings with US diplomats and US government personnel.
We’re still working away and there’s probably more left to find, but for now we present you with excerpts from what we have so far and the WikiLeaks links where we found the documents.
We’d like to hear from our readers, but our first impression is that Mr. Wickham has some explaining to do considering his Press Statement.
Now… be gentle folks. Like when President Clinton said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…”, he really meant that moistening cigars in that way didn’t count as “sexual relations”. (Somehow I don’t think Shona would buy that line from me!)
We wonder… what did Peter Wickham really mean when he issued that CADRES Press Statement? Maybe he just meant to say that he never had sexual relations with the US Ambassador. Yes, that must have been what he meant! 🙂
WikiLeaks US Embassy Cables 2006 to 2008. Source: Peter Wickham >>>>
CONFIDENTIAL: Embassy Bridgetown, May 22, 2008 – AMBASSADOR MARY OURISMAN
SUBJECT: CHINA’S POLITICAL INVESTMENT IN EC PAYS DIVIDENDS
“Chinese Money, Caribbean Elections
Concerns over recognition and the tightly contested elections in the Eastern Caribbean in recent years have led the Chinese government to provide direct election funding to major candidates in regional elections, Wickham told us. In the last election the Chinese gave money to both of the major parties in Barbados, in order to assure continued recognition, he added. Embassy contacts on other islands have made similar assertions in the past, however, Wickham maintains that the trend is worsening and Chinese money along with other sources of outside money could become a more serious threat to democracy in the region.”
“One China Policy
“The PM’s (David Thompson) visit so soon after his successful election bid was necessary in order to squelch the rumors from the election campaign that, if elected, the DLP would switch recognition to Taiwan, regional political commentator and pollster Peter Wickham told us, echoing a sentiment we have heard from several contacts. The major take away for the Chinese side was Barbados, concurrence that CARICOM should adhere to the One-China Policy, Wickham added.“
CONFIDENTIAL: Embassy Bridgetown, November 17, 2006
SUBJECT: TAIWAN INVOLVEMENT IN ST. LUCIAN ELECTIONS SUSPECTED, BUT NO EVIDENCE
“Peter Wickham, political scientist, pollster, and consultant to the SLP, said in a private conversation with PolOff on September 15 that Taiwan is likely contributing to the UWP and may even be contributing to both parties to maximize influence in the government. He emphasized, however, that this is just conjecture because, even as a consultant, he has not seen any details concerning campaign donations.”
CONFIDENTIAL: Embassy Bridgetown, November 17, 2006
SUBJECT: ST. LUCIA ELECTIONS DECEMBER 11; COMPETING POLLSTERS CONFLICT IN PREDICTING VICTORY
“Political consultant Peter Wickham, head of CADRES, explained to PolOff why district polling tends to be unreliable in Eastern Caribbean islands.”
Three weeks away from election day, CADRES’s prediction of an SLP victory seems sound and is consistent with post’s analysis (reftel).”
CONFIDENTIAL: Embassy Bridgetown, September 22, 2006
SUBJECT: EARLY LOOK AT THE NEXT BARBADOS ELECTION – KRAMER
Classified By: DCM MARY ELLEN T. GILROY for reasons 1.4(b)
“DLP’s Election to Lose
In a recent meeting with PolOff, Wickham assessed the current political situation in Barbados as generally favorable to the DLP. Wickham readily admitted to being closer to the DLP than the BLP when it comes to his work as a political consultant and his personal politics, but his extensive and widely recognized experience in Caribbean politics make him a credible source.”
“Wickham was, in fact, quite open about the shortcomings of the DLP and its leader, David Thompson, whom Wickham called a personal friend (ref A). Thompson, according to Wickham, suffers from an image problem, which he will have to address before his campaign kicks into full swing. He is perceived more as a Machiavellian political operator than as a statesman and experienced leader ready for the premiership. Thompson has also been less focused on developing concrete policies and solutions to address the problems he is seeking to highlight in advance of the election, including transportation, housing, land ownership, and crime. However, Wickham did not think that these weaknesses would seriously impede Thompson’s campaign.”
“But Mia’s Time Will Come ———————— ¶5. (C) The BLP could win easily, according to Wickham, if Prime Minister Arthur would step down before the next election in favor of his heir apparent, Mia Mottley, the Deputy Prime Minister. Wickham noted Mottley’s immense popularity in Barbados, as well as her political skills, which include a sharp mind and an even sharper tongue. In Wickham’s opinion, PM Arthur also recognizes Mottley’s star power and will continue to “bask in her glow,” but he is determined to keep a firm grip on the BLP reins. He is also not above taking an occasional swipe against Mottley. Wickham is convinced that PM Arthur’s recent public focus on family values was aimed indirectly at Mottley, who is widely believed to be gay. Wickham thought that the best thing for Mottley would, in fact, be a BLP loss in the next election, which would force Prime Minister Arthur to retire and allow Mottley to take over the BLP. Wickham had no doubt that Mottley would eventually become the prime minister of Barbados.”