Former Charge d’ Affaires at the US Embassy in Georgetown, Michael Thomas in a diplomatic cable released by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks spoke favourably about President Jagdeo's elevation of several army officers which later resulted in Commodore Gary Best's leadership of the army following the departure of Brigadier Edward Collins.
However he found the offer of its willingness to lend support to Guyanese desirous of toppling the PPP/C administration by the PNC as a response to the act to be seditious
Amid the shake-up in the GDF top brass, the main
opposition party, the People's National Congress Reform
(PNCR), offerd to lend support to any Guyanese who seek to
topple President Jagdeo's administration. PNCR leader Rober
Corbin, speaking at a rally against the shake-up, said "I
want to sound a warning to that gentleman... He is touching
the wrong people... and now they are tinkering with the Army,
and I want to say to you, long time gone, short time left."
PNCR Chairman, Winston Murray, told the rally that the party
was willing to offer leadership to those Guyanese who might
want to "come out to the streets and demonstrate to the
government that they want them out." This "mass rally"
attracted only 300 participants, 200 of whom were delegates
to the conference of the Guyana Youth Socialist Movement.
Only one newspaper covered the potentially seditious remarks.