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

Nelson 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 95A 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.

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