Ex-CIA Spy Admits Tip Led to Nelson Mandela’s Long Imprisonment


By Unattributed | The Guardian

Nelson Mandela in prisonFormer operative says Americans believed the leader was ‘completely under the control of the Soviet Union’, report reveals

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.

“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.”

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 said.

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

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  1. 474694489407113@facebook.com' Chris McGee says:

    America wanted control of the Soviet Union so Nelson mandela had to be silenced!

  2. 1570084286618402@facebook.com' Christiaan Barnard says:

    As much as I love and respect Nelson Mandela, and understand the cause he fought for, people like to forget that he still was responsible for the deaths of innocent people…I suppose in our society if you fight for what is seen to be a good cause, our society seem to forget the innocent victims and forgive the people responsible for killing them…

  3. 504585413057865@facebook.com' Vuyisile Boetman says:

    this man never spent 27yrs in jail

  4. 10154171100717250@facebook.com' Rafael Valdez Molina says:

    Muy interesante saber de personajes influyentes en él mundo.

  5. 10154006320975700@facebook.com' Henri Dominique Paratte says:

    It’s always been obvious he’s been imprisoned because of the Cold War waged in Africa. Why he wasn’t assassinated like many others throughout the continent remains somewhat mysterious. Maybe the US government wanted to be able to use him later.

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