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Senior CIA Officer Claims Agency Responsible For Mandela’s Arrest And Imprisonment


It was a little over twenty years ago when I first read an article in the New York Times asserting the bold claim that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) played a key role in informing and facilitating the 1962 arrest of Nelson Mandela.

The news report came some four months after the long-awaited release of the African National Congress (ANC) leader, and future South African President.

The CIA had used an officer (often erroneously called a “CIA Agent”), who had moled his way into the ANC. This CIA officer had provided South African security officials with detailed and precise information revealing Mandela’s activities. This information led to his arrest. The source of this information in the report by the New York Times cited Cox News Service, some 23 years ago.

The report itself quoted an unidentified retired official who claimed specifically that a senior CIA officer said literally that “We have turned Mandela over to the South African Security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be.”

The CIA official spokesman back in 1990, Mark Mansfield, refused to confirm or deny the claim, saying, “As a matter of policy, we do not discuss allegations of intelligence activities.”

This week, on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s death, political leaders have lined up voicing their support for the anti-apartheid leader. Many of these politicians, their parties, and certainly their nations and intelligence services were very much against Mandela and the ANC when these freedom fighters needed international support. Their words sounded very nice today, but as the saying goes: “talk is cheap.” When actions mattered, the CIA as on the wrong side of history with regards to Mandela and their support for the Apartheid Regime.

(Article by Micah Naziri; image by PBSpot)

2 Comments on "Senior CIA Officer Claims Agency Responsible For Mandela’s Arrest And Imprisonment"

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  1. Aluma vigga says:

    So, with this backdrop in mind, can we still trust that all the condolences and praise poured on Mzee Mandela from the West are sincere at all?

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