Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Controversial AFC linked pollster sacked following Wikileaks revelations

THE Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) sacked controversial journalist and political analyst Peter Wickham recently over the contents of a US Embassy cable released by whistle blower site Wikileaks and released to the public on August 30th, 2011.

A CBC insider revealed that the Barbados DLP government and CBC senior executives were “outraged” after learning that Wickham provided a series of secret briefings to US diplomats “over several years”, where he discussed and provided details about the activities of clients and former clients.
Wickham along with fellow Bajan Hartley Henry were the subjects of much criticism after their CADRES organization published a poll which put AFC leader Raphael Trotman ahead of several other presidential contenders last year. This was followed up by a secret meeting between Henry, Winston Murray of the PNC (deceased) and Raphael Trotman of the AFC at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown. It was felt that the meeting was an attempt by Henry to broker a merger agreement between the two parties which was thwarted after being exposed by the state media.

Henry has been embroiled in controversies in several Caribbean countries, with a female lawyer in Antigua and Barbuda accusing him of making sexual advances.
Himself and Wickham worked together in June 2007 and were accused of helping the then Labour Party government in St Kitts and Nevis with its plans for an early election before proper electoral reforms were implemented.
In August 2009, Henry again made headlines in Barbados after he reportedly telephoned SUNDAY SUN editor, Carol Martindale, threatening to tarnish her reputation if she did not “do the right thing” regarding the handling of a report on a CADRES poll – which rated the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government favourably.

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