“Who the hell really cares?”
This was the question posed by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she denied her party was ever involved with data-mining company Cambridge Analytica.
Addressing supporters at Gopaul Lands, Marabella at the United National Congress’ Monday Night Forum, Persad-Bissessar addressed claims made by former CA employee Christopher Wylie that her government hired the company to spy on citizens in 2013.
Wylie’s claims are documented in his recently released book, “Mindf***” and the allegations have been thrown at Persad-Bissessar by the ruling People’s National Movement, with National Security Minister Stuart Young calling for a criminal investigation into the matter.
In fact Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has appointed a team of police officers led by Acting Deputy Commissioner Jayson Forde to probe the claims.
But Persad-Bissessar, like other UNC executive members, firmly denied the allegation. She went on to say, “You know what people are telling me: “Who the hell cares? Who the hell really cares?”
She said citizens are crying out for jobs and basic necessities and have no time to focus on the CA allegations. She summed it up as another emailgate scandal.
“And the thing is we lost that election anyhow, so what is the big story and the big news?” she added.
She criticized Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi saying in the past, he denied citizens their rights to privacy.
“These Rowley ministers are the textbook definition of hypocrites. Al-Rawi, the liar himself said in 2016, and I quote “There is no right to privacy, as some people allege exists in this jurisdiction, but which our courts do not recognise.”
She said his statement was made when he piloted a Bill to amend the Strategic Services Agency’s governing statute.
“So, in 2016 he denied the existence of our right to privacy but now he comes to pretend he cares about our privacy,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar said these latest allegations against the UNC are either the fourth or fifth emailgate scandal and warned her supporters to look out for even more allegations in the future.
“Just when they started their campaign, the Prime Minister came to talk about assassination attempt in 2014 or 2015, trying to imply the UNC tried to kill him, look I don’t have to kill him, he is doing that himself and I speak of political death. I see this as emailgate three or four and there will be more to come and more before the general election, do not get distracted, do not get fooled by their lies.”
- Sharlene Rampersad