A tip from the Central Intelligence Agency to South Africa’s racist apartheid government led to the arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962, a former CIA operative claims in a new documentary.
Donald Rickard, who also served as a vice-consul based in Durban, South Africa, told British film director John Irvin that the U.S. believed Mandela to be “completely under the control of the Soviet Union”, making his arrest necessary.
Rickard’s claims were first reported by the Sunday Times newspaper. Irvin’s documentary, “Mandela’s Gun”, is scheduled to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
“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 of Mandela. “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 arrested after police stopped a car he was driving at a roadblock. One of South Africa’s most wanted men, Mandela was posing as a chauffeur when he was detained.
“I found out when he was coming down and how he was coming,” Rickard says. “That’s where I was involved and that’s where Mandela was caught.”
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SOURCE: FOX News