Saturday, May 07 2011 @ 10:27 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
This newspaper (La Prensa) sent an email yesterday to President Martinelli, at 9:43 am, asking if he had any comments on the statements made by Stephenson, and at 9:50 am Martinelli responded by saying: "please address this questionnaire to the Chancellor" and he copied the email to Juan Carlos Varela. The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, dodged answering the question. Through a written communication they merely repeated: "On several occasions we have said we will not issue comments on the WikiLeaks cables, which are internal communications of the U.S. State Department."
The Wikileaks cables delivered to La Prensa also confirm that Stephenson, citing DEA sources, said Albert Shamah, the brother of Solomon Shamah, piloted Martinelli's aircraft with David Murcia on board. Yesterday, in the late afternoon, the former vice president and former Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro issued a press release demanding that Martinelli force the immediate resignation of Minister Shamah. "There is a widespread cover-up to these allegations of corruption, and this happens when a justice is not independent and politicized," said Lewis. (La Prensa)
Editor's Comment: So now Panama's Tourism Minister can't travel to the United States, and he's also ducking the press. Is it even possible to have a Tourism Minister who ducks the press. I mean, isn't it part of his job description to be out there in the press, promoting Panama? Can Martinelli and his team even recognize how screwed up this makes the Republic of Panama look to the international community?