SKN — The Now Dr. Denzil Douglas-led St.Kitts-Nevis Labor Opposition Party has been linked to the espionage activities of SCL and their subsidiary Cambridge Analytica . Cambridge Analytica is currently at the center of controversy over its use of voter data, during the hotly contested 2016 Trump campaign and US Elections.
The Parent Company of Cambridge Analytica , SCL Elections were hired in 2010 and 2015 by the then ruling Dr. Denzil Douglas -led St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government. The SCL Group was allegedly employed by the Labour Party of St Kitts and Nevis in order to smear the leader of the opposition, Lindsay Grant during the 2010 elections. The Firm was allegedly hired again in 2015 to conduct a similar campaign operation against then Opposition now governing Dr. Timothy Harris led Team UNITY Coalition. This led to the emails and medical records of the now Prime Minister Harris to be hacked and accessed by Israeli Contractors who had earlier worked with the Cambridge Analytica GROUP in the 2014 Nigerian elections.
The Multi-Million SCL Contracts for the management of election campaigns in a country with a population small enough to hold in an averaged size football stadium is raising questions as to where and how does these small island political parties and government’s come up with such huge amounts of monies to conduct election campaigns. In St.Kitts-Nevis it is widely speculated that during both the 2010 and 2015 re-election campaigns of then Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas the country’s SIDF Sugar Industry Diversification Fund largely bankrolled the SCL /Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the elections. The Fund is a Citizenship by Investment Foundation related entity which is buoyed by funds from the sale of Citizenships or Sale of Passports. Allegations have been rife that the monies from the foundation was funneled to bankroll the hefty SCL Managed campaigns in 2010 and 2015.
There are also claims they carried out a ‘targeted digital attack’ on Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St Vincent.
Mr Gonsalves later claimed he had been harassed and bullied in a campaign that included an attempted hack on his private email.
There are also claims they worked for free on the election campaign to elect St Lucia’s prime minister Stephenson King in return for a contract to run a $1.9million public health campaign.
Australia’s information commissioner is investigating whether any people in its country are victims of the data scandal.
Cambridge Analytica was looking to expand to the country but deregistered its business name there on Monday.
In India, SCL has worked with Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI) on various elections.
OBI owner Amrish Tyagi refused to answer questions but said their Indian work had nothing to do with social media or online work and was working with various political parties on the ground.
LIBYA, PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
SCL has been paid more than £150,000 by the Government to research ‘behaviour’ in conflict zones.
Their work included reports on Libya after the fall of Gaddafi and in Pakistan in 2008.
SCL is also said to have done similar work for the US Government in Afghanistan and Iraq.