CIA set up Mandela

Year Published:  1990
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX4087

The U.S. government has been embarrassed by the revelation that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) played a key role in setting up the 1962 arrest of Nelson Mandela. In a story that first appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the CIA station chief in Pretoria in 1962 was quoted as describing how the CIA provided the South African government with the information it needed to capture Mandela. "It is one of our greatest coups", said the station chief, Paul Eckel. Mandela spent 27 years in prison as a result of the arrest.

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