TTPS team begins spy claims probe

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 14:00

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says a team of po­lice of­fi­cers led by Ag. DCP Forde will be seek­ing to in­ter­view for­mer Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca da­ta con­sul­tant as ear­ly as this week­end as the ser­vice be­gins its probe in­to al­le­ga­tions that the com­pa­ny spied on cit­i­zens at the be­hest of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress.

Here is the full state­ment from the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice:


The Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith gives the as­sur­ance that un­like the ‘email gate’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was pro­longed for sev­er­al years be­fore com­ple­tion, these ac­cu­sa­tions made by Mr. Christo­pher Wi­ley, would be swift­ly ad­dressed.

At this present time, the on­ly per­son of in­ter­est in this mat­ter is Mr. Wi­ley, as he is the on­ly one who has made com­ments al­lud­ing to pos­si­ble crim­i­nal mis­con­duct.

His com­ments would man­date that the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) meets with him to es­tab­lish if a crime did take place, if he is an ac­ces­so­ry to that crime, and if oth­ers could be cul­pa­ble.

At this time, the TTPS has ab­solute­ly no ev­i­dence to ver­i­fy that any crime was com­mit­ted, and all that is in the pos­ses­sion of the TTPS is a book with Mr. Wi­ley’s claims.

The Com­mis­sion­er says fur­ther, to these ac­cu­sa­tions “I have re­cused my­self from this mat­ter, and I have tasked rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the TTPS, led by Ag. DCP Forde to meet with, and seek the ex­is­tence of any sup­port­ing ev­i­dence from Mr. Wi­ley. This team will de­part as ear­ly as this week­end if Mr. Wi­ley is con­tact­ed and agrees to be in­ter­viewed by the in­ves­tiga­tive team.

The chain of events would be as fol­lows:

1. Ef­forts would be made to­day to con­tact Mr. Wi­ley and seek his agree­ment to be in­ter­viewed this week­end.

2. If Mr Wi­ley re­fus­es to co­op­er­ate with the TTPS, the claims then can­not be sub­stan­ti­at­ed and then it would lack mer­it and the mat­ter would be closed.

3. If he is will­ing to, the Of­fi­cers would trav­el to the Unit­ed King­dom this week­end to con­duct the ex­ten­sive in­ter­view.

4. It is on­ly then that the TTPS would be able to as­cer­tain if what Mr Wi­ley has stat­ed and what­ev­er ma­te­r­i­al he can pro­duce, would war­rant an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be launched in re­la­tion to pos­si­ble crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ty.