Death threats made against Nelson Mandela during 1990 US trip

2014-05-31 10:17

Washington – Newly released documents show the FBI investigated death threats against former president Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the US.

The FBI yesterday released hundreds of pages of records tied to Mandela’s visit, which came months after the anti-apartheid leader was released from a 27-year prison sentence.

Many of the documents have portions blacked out, but they do show that the FBI investigated multiple threats to assassinate Mandela during his trip, including a handwritten note that says, “Remember John F. Kennedy in Dallas???”

One threat was phoned into a university in Georgia where Mandela was scheduled to address a rally.

Another caller said he was part of the Aryan Knights white supremacist organisation.

Mandela died in December at the age of 95.

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