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South Africa spycraft on show in leaked intelligence cables

South Africa spycraft on show in leaked intelligence cables

JOHANNESBURG — Once the small talk had subsided, the 2012 meeting between intelligence agents from Iran and South Africa in an Iranian guesthouse reportedly went downhill.

“Until high level Ministerial interaction has taken place it is evident that this relationship in all honesty is doomed,” a vexed South African agent wrote in a purportedly secret cable, one in a trove of South African intelligence documents published this week by The Guardian and Al-Jazeera news organizations after allegedly being leaked.

The files document past South African concerns about Iranian influence in Africa as well as communication between South African intelligence and the CIA and Israel’s Mossad. They don’t contain the kind of explosive leaks by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, but offer an intriguing look at an African intelligence service swept up in the geopolitical tensions of the era.

Read More:South Africa spycraft on show in leaked intelligence cables – Africa – Stripes.

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