As you know, writers sometimes take literary license when they write. I have no problem with that as long as the facts of what is written do not change. Today I see that I need to make a small objection to the literary license that Don Winner took in his post related to Paul Nunes.
Part of Don’s execution, of literary license, causes some of what I wrote to be in question, and I feel that I must present the facts.
As I mentioned in my post, I have been working with the son and daughter of Paul Nunes and the US Embassy since the news of Paul’s death was known and the Embassy called me. In an early communication with Aline, and after I understood the dire straights of she and her brother Brandon, I asked if she had a PayPal account that could be used to request assistance. I told Aline, that many of my readers have helped when I have posted requests for assistance for Panamanian’s and I felt that they would step up if I asked them to.
She said that she had a personal PayPal account, but thought it would be better to not use her email address and create one specifically for this purpose. I thought that was a good idea.
She created the PayPal account and gave the information to both Don Winner and myself and we both posted donation requests.
Last night Aline and I were talking on SKYPE and I said I was a little surprised that there were not more donations. She then told me that Don Winner had sent her a URL stating that Don Winner was scamming people and that the donation request was created by Don Winner and the money was going to him. This infuriated me.
I told Aline that I was going to post a piece related to the fraudulent website and I would leave a comment on the website as well. She said she was writing a reply to what the site had said and would send it to me so I would know what was going to be posted by Don.
I asked Aline to go into her PayPal account and send me the screen captures, so that I could show that the account belonged to her and was in her name and the currant amount of the donations. I used these screen captures that Aline sent with the donor’s name removed, in my post of last night.
I further tried to post a comment on the fraudulent site, but it would not accept my comment, so I updated my post with the comment that I had attempted to post on the site.
I went to bed thinking that the situation was corrected and that the donation faucet would open again, now that validity of the fund had been provided.
Around noon today, I finally got a chance to see if Don Winner had a chance to post on the fraudulent website. I finally found the post and saw that it is a part of the ongoing battle between Don and Jerry Hall.
I was surprised to see that literary license had altered what Aline had sent Don Winner to post. She did give Don authorization to edit it, but I don’t consider the changes he made as editing.
I am going to post the email that she had forwarded to me, so that her content can be seen. You can compare it to what was written in the Panama Guide.
I am sorry, but some of the changes that were made cause me some problems. With the literary license changes, I say in my blog that I asked Aline to set up the PayPal account and Don Winner’s site says that Don Winner asked her to set up the PayPal account.
The email she sent to Don Winner says:
It is public record in Don Ray Williams blog that he asked ME to set it up.
Another example of literary license appears in the changing of the order of her statement of gratitude to Don Winner and myself.
I am very grateful to Don Ray Williams and Don Winners for all their efforts on my behalf as it has all been done out of the goodness of their hearts.
Why it was necessary for him put his name first I guess was important to him.
In the last part of her email, she mentions to Don Winner that I would be posting something that would help him. Don obviously could not mention my post, because it would create conflict with his writing.
Lastly, nowhere in Aline’s email did she authorize Don Winner to post her email address.
I am sure someone is going to leave me a comment telling me that I should ignore the small things, because the important issue was to let people know that the Burial fund is legitimate, and that was accomplished.
I agree. That is the important issue and no one should have any doubts now. However the abuse of literary license created problems for me.