66th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra59546186161982 Tamil Nadu1937210548148 Delhi162817495316 Gujarat155728003960 Rajasthan80674815180 Madhya Pradesh74534050321 Uttar Pradesh71704215197 West Bengal45361668295 Andhra Pradesh3245213359 Bihar3185105015 Karnataka253381847 Telangana2256134567 Punjab2158194640 Jammu and Kashmir203685927 Odisha16608877 Haryana150488119 Kerala10895558 Assam8801044 Uttarakhand493794 Jharkhand4621914 Chandigarh3641894 Chhatisgarh364830 Tripura2421650 Himachal Pradesh223634 Goa68370 Puducherry49170 Meghalaya20121 Nagaland1800 Manipur540 Arunachal Pradesh210 Mizoram110 Sikkim100
World Europe 16 May 2016 CIA spy tip-off led ...

CIA spy tip-off led to arrest of Nelson Mandela: report

AFP
Published May 16, 2016, 11:58 am IST
Updated May 16, 2016, 11:58 am IST
Mandela was freed from prison in 1990 and went on to become South Africa’s president between 1994 and 1999 before dying in 2013 aged 95.
Irvin’s new film “Mandela’s Gun”, about the months before the anti-apartheid leader’s arrest, is due to be screened at the Cannes film festival this week. (Photo: AFP)
 Irvin’s new film “Mandela’s Gun”, about the months before the anti-apartheid leader’s arrest, is due to be screened at the Cannes film festival this week. (Photo: AFP)

London: 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”, the report in The Sunday Times newspaper said.

 

“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.

“We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped, which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.”

Irvin’s new film “Mandela’s Gun”, about the months before the anti-apartheid leader’s arrest, is due to be screened at the Cannes film festival this week.

Mandela was eventually freed from prison in 1990 and went on to become South Africa’s president between 1994 and 1999 before dying in 2013 aged 95.

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 told AFP.

He claimed that though the incident happened decades ago, the CIA was still interfering in South African politics.

“We have recently observed that there are efforts to undermine the democratically elected ANC government,” he alleged. “They never stopped operating here.”

“It is still happening now -- the CIA is still collaborating with those who want regime change.”

Rickard, who was reportedly employed by the CIA until 1978, died in March, two weeks after talking to Irvin in the US.

The CIA declined to comment.

...




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT