When we last left this story, TSTT had quickly declared its intention to investigate the report and the Media Association of T&T had swiftly lamented the attack on the anonymity of whistleblowers (not to mention the invasion of the reporter's privacy).
Today, we learned that two statements had also emerged from the CDA: one from the Authority and the other from seven out of its nine board members.
The CDA's statement (which currently appears on the front page of its website) denies that it requested phone records for a reporter, insisting instead that it asked TSTT for its own phone records after confidential information was leaked to the media.
Fair enough, if true. After all, they're entitled to their own phone records and it's a silly whistleblower who outs his company on the company line, right?
The only problem is that the board members - well, seven of them anyway - issued a separate statement saying:
“We seven board members of the CDA categorically state that at no time have we ever direct (sic), discuss or authorise anyone at the CDA to access any data and or records of any phone, whether personal, company or otherwise. “We also categorically state that we at no time, individually or collectively, attempted to access information from TSTT or any of its staff members for information (sic) with reference to determining the source of newspaper articles.”So... someone in the CDA requested their own phone records in order to discover who was leaking info, but it wasn't Rocky Garcia, Brian Awai, Richard Grainger, Wahid Mohammed, Rawlins Amar, Varun Debideen or Vyas Ramphalie. That just leaves the other two board members: chairman Danny Solomon and chairman of human resources Christopher Street, who is also vice president of the NUGFW.
Meanwhile, Planning Minister Dr. Bhoe Tewarie is moving to disband the Chaguaramas Development Board, telling the media today that he is taking a note to Cabinet because the board is fractious and contentious with little understanding of the role required of them. He also called for an independent investigation of the reported leak because someone might be lying.
Gee, ya think?