London, England (November 29th, 2018):-
The International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘fake news’ was on Tuesday November 28th, set to question the former Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas at the committee’s inaugural hearing. The now St. Kitts Opposition Leader, Dr. Douglas, was called to the UK to testify before the country’s Digital Culture, Media and Sport Committee that continues its probe into disinformation and fake news and Cambridge Analytica. SCL worked on a campaign to win the 2010 general election for Dr. Douglas. The London investigations come in the wake of revelations about the role of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL in conditioning behavior to achieve specific objectives.
The ousted Former Prime Minister of St.Kitts-Nevis however was a “NO-SHOW” at the hearing. In a release issued on the weekend by the St.Kitts Opposition Labour Party and published on their facebook page, it was confirmed that the Opposition Leader Douglas, was scheduled to testify at the hearing. He was expected to be questioned about his relationship with Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL)/Cambridge Analytica. No official statement has been issued indicating why Dr. Douglas was noticeably absent at the committee hearing. Speculation is rife that Dr. Douglas’ absence was largely due to his reluctance to discuss his relationship with Cambridge Analytica/SCL and their involvement in the 2010 and 2015 St.Kitts-Nevis Election Campaigns.
An interim report on disinformation and ‘fake news’ published by the DCMSC urged the British government to ensure that the National Crime Agency thoroughly investigates the alleged undermining of democracies in many countries, including a number in the Caribbean, by Cambridge Analytica, SCL and Henley.
In St Kitts and Nevis, SCL worked on a campaign to win the 2010 general election for Dr. Douglas’ SKN Labour Party and, according to Freddy Gray of The Spectator:
“SCL practised the dirty trick – or ‘counter ops’ – that Nix was caught bragging about to undercover reporters in [… the] Channel 4 expose. Nix was not exaggerating. One of the dirty tricks was a sting operation in St Kitts and Nevis. …………….”
According to evidence received by the committee, this sting operation was arranged entirely by SCL, with the undercover operative – a temporary SCL employee – being paid around £10,000 (US$13,000) by Nix, for the work that they had carried out.