Some days ago I wrote about the huge hypocresy around Nelson Mandela (Mandela and hypocrites), and how those who always persecuted what Mandela stood for, now praise him like “a giant of history”, “the last great liberator”, “heroe of anti-apartheid struggle”… the apartheid that USA and United Kingdom governments, and others, were supporting during decades.
But there are more news about the behaviour of Western governments years ago that is good to remind: a British plan to kill Nelson Mandela, and how the CIA helped to South Africa government in his capture.
|Nelson Mandela, 1962 – Wikimedia Commons|
In 1961 Nelson Mandela had co-founded Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation, abbreviated MK), that became the armed wing of ANC (African National Congress). Next year, in 1962, he went to Ethiopia where he followed a course in guerrilla warfare.
Captain Guta Dinaka was bodyguard of Nelson Mandela when he was in Ethiopia. The Captain Dinaka was called by other bodyguard for a meeting in Taitu Hotel, Addis Ababa, with two British agents. They offered Dinaka 2.000£ for killing Mandela (in that age, a base salary at South Africa was less than 90 birr or 4 euros). He should strangle Nelson Mandela with a rope, and then take photos with a camera that the British agents gave him to prove that Mandela was dead.
But when Guta Dinaka came back home that night, he decided that couldn’t do it, and revealed the plan to his superior. The British plan was broken. It was other time, when extrajudicial murder was illegal and governments tried to hide them, currently that isn’t needed.
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Nelson Mandela remained alive and free. But not for a long time. On 5 August 1962, police captured Mandela near Howick, South Africa. After a trial, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, and remained in prison until 1990.
How was Mandela captured? A CIA agent named Paul Eckel explained it to Cox News a few hours after his arrest (“One of our greatest coups”: The CIA and the capture of Nelson Mandela):
“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. They have picked him up. It is one of our greatest coups.” (Ex-official: CIA helped jail Mandela)
Donald Rickard was the CIA official who led to the capture of Nelson Mandela. He denied it in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in 2012, later has refused to speak again.
The activist group RootsAction has launched a campaign to urge the CIA to open its files on Mandela and South Africa. Does anyone doubt the answer of Obama regime to this request?
Did you know that Nelson Mandela was in the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008? (huffingtonpost.com). He left prison in 1990, and was president of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. But he was a terrorist for U.S. until 2008. It’s not surprising that Obama rejects to provide any information. But he will praise and eulogise Mandela with beautiful words each time someone asks him, that’s sure. And anyway, Mandela was lucky, there weren’t drones in 1962.