The Sierra Leonean government is currently engaged in negotiations with Jerry Torres, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, to assume the critical position of National Security Advisor to President Bio.
Prominent journalist Amadu Lamrana Bah revealed that Jerry Torres has taken a significant step by registering himself as a Foreign Agent for Sierra Leone on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) website.
This proactive disclosure is part of his role to liaise with the U.S. Congress, both the Senate and the House, ensuring that they gain a comprehensive understanding of the facts surrounding the recent presidential elections. His aim is to secure recognition of the legitimacy of the 24th June election, whose results have been questioned by the U.S. government due to alleged irregularities.
Jerry Torres’s involvement with Sierra Leone dates back to June 2022, when he embarked on a mission to enhance the country’s cybersecurity capabilities. During his visit, he not only donated essential equipment for the Sierra Leone Police Cyber Security Directorate but also conducted training sessions for officers within the department.
Local media further reported his generous contribution to the ongoing construction of a hospital complex at the 34 Military Hospital. This charitable gesture was carried out through First Lady Fatima Bio’s “Hands off our Girls” program, highlighting his commitment to both security and humanitarian efforts.
While Information Minister Chernor Bah confirmed the government’s negotiations with Mercury Public Affairs, a U.S. PR Firm, he couldn’t provide definitive confirmation regarding the ongoing talks with Jerry Torres.
However, Minister Bah emphasized the government’s intentions to explore opportunities for bolstering Sierra Leone’s global standing. This includes the promotion of the country’s position within the United Nations Security Council and exploring various business prospects in the United States of America.