More WikiLeaks hit the fan! Journalist Kenton Chance reports on his own relationship with US Embassy personnel

St. Vincent Journalist warned US about decaying freedom of the press under PM Gonsalves, wiretapping of news media

Kenton X. Chance is a Vincentian journalist living and studying in Taiwan for the last five years. He also runs the excellent I Witness News blog and today he had the unpleasant duty of reporting on his own WikiLeaked conversations with US Consulate personnel.

Chance and other journalists in the WikiLeak were concerned about PM Gonsalves using his power to curtail freedom of the press. They spoke confidentially to the US diplomats and now it’s all over the place.

At least Chance has the courage to publish his own words from the WikiLeaks cables. Unlike some folks who are trying to convince everyone that they said not one word of what was reported in many cables for many years, Kenton Chance is not going that route: he’s standing behind what he said.

It’s called “integrity and character”…

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – While Glenn Jackson, murdered press secretary to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, was the main contact here for U.S. officials in Barbados, according to WikiLeaks, several other Vincentian media professionals were also contacts for American diplomats in Bridgetown.

A classified U.S. diplomatic cable dubbed “St. Vincent:  A Democracy Under Stress” lists two journalists among “an increasing number of Vincentians” who in 2006 warned that “the PM’s fondness for the leaders of Cuba and Venezuela is indicative of his autocratic nature”.

“Legislation recently proposed by the Government would increase Gonsalves’s power to silence his critics, warn several Vincentians including the [Human Rights Association’s president] Nicole Sylvester and journalist Kenton Chance,” the 2006 cable said…

…The cable also relate a conversation that Shelly Clarke, editor of The News newspaper allegedly had with U.S. diplomats.The document cited Clarke as saying that the United States should have funded the opposition New Democratic Party in the December 2005 elections.

… Read the full article at I Witness News: Journalist asked Americans to intervene in St. Vincent: leaked cable

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5 responses to “More WikiLeaks hit the fan! Journalist Kenton Chance reports on his own relationship with US Embassy personnel

  1. Red Sea Block

    Anybody listening to CBC Nighty News wont find this hard to believe up to last night police caught yet another St. Vincent drug runner in a boat at Fitts Village
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    ¶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.
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    Wickham bang on target here

  2. John

    Accompanied by 2 Barbadian.

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