Opinion: State secrets

POSTED: 10/9/11 10:15 PM

Minutes from Kingdom Council of Ministers meetings are state secrets. Making them public is punishable by law. This seems to be of no concern to certain players in the controversy between the government of Curacao and the Dutch government, because a memorandum from Minister of Plenipotentiary Sheldry Osepa to Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte that contained the minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday in The Hague became public practically immediately.
The memo is dated October 4, 2011. It was not only leaked, it is now freely available. We received a copy of it on Thursday. This makes us wonder whether a secret document that has been made public is still a state secret. We learned from the memo that Prime Minister Mark Rutte labeled the fact the Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte had refused to receive the Rosenmöller committee as “improper.”
Well, no surprises there: Schotte’s attitude was improper. But to read that Prime Minister Rutte actually said this puts of course a strain on the relationship between Curacao and the Netherlands.
That, we presume, was exactly the purpose of the one who leaked the memo to the media. Finding out who made this state secret public should not be too difficult. It’s a matter of motive and opportunity – just like in a run-of-the-mill murder investigation.
There are two names on the memo: Minister of Plenipotentiary Sheldry Osepa and Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. Both had access to the document (hell, Osepa wrote it, or at least his legal department did), and Schotte read it.
Both Schotte and Osepa had therefore opportunity, but Osepa – being a puppet of the Schotte-government in The Hague – obviously did not have motive. He’s just doing what the boss orders him to do.
Schotte had motive, because he is one of the ministers that will come under investigation, and he has also thwarted the work of the Rosenmöller Committee. He also opposes the establishment of a committee of Wise Men.
Is that a smoking gun or what? We figure that the Kingdom Council of Ministers does not have to look far to find the culprit who thought nothing of revealing a state secret. It fits Schotte’s agenda like a glove.

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