- Apr 13, 2011
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A tip from a CIA spy to authorities in apartheid-era South Africa led to Nelson Mandela’s arrest, beginning the leader’s 27 years behind bars, a report said on Sunday.Donald Rickard, a former US vice-consul in Durban and CIA operative, told British film director John Irvin that he had been involved in Mandela’s arrest in 1962, which was seen as necessary because the Americans believed he was “completely under the control of the Soviet Union”, according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.
“He could have incited a war in South Africa, the United States would have to get involved, grudgingly, and things could have gone to hell,” Rickard said.
Zizi Kodwa, national spokesman of Mandela’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, called the revelation “a serious indictment”.
“We always knew there was always collaboration between some western countries and the apartheid regime,” he said.
He claimed that though the incident happened decades ago, the CIA was still interfering in South African politics.
Read more @: Ex-CIA spy admits tip led to Nelson Mandela's long imprisonment
Is anyone shocked? Im sure not. Its just another evil action to add to the long list of evil actions carried out by the CIA.