CIA asked Mzansi for spy help

By Drum Digital
24 February 2015

The United States' CIA was desperate to make contact with Hamas in Gaza and asked South Africa for help, Al-Jazeera reported on its website on Tuesday.

According to the Al-Jazeera report, a Central Intelligence Agency agent was "desperate" to make contact with Hamas in 2012, according to intelligence files leaked to Al-Jazeera.

Al-Jazeera reported that the US listed Hamas as a terrorist organisation and had no contact with the group officially.

Classified South African documents also revealed that Israel's then-secret service chief, Meir Dagan, sought Pretoria's help in its efforts to scupper a probe into alleged war crimes in Gaza.

It was headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone.

Al-Jazeera reported that US President Barack Obama made a direct threat to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in the hope of "dissuading him from pursuing United Nations recognition for a Palestinian state".

A CIA officer and a South African secret service agent met in East Jerusalem in the summer of 2012, Al-Jazeera reported. After the meeting the South African spy reportedly told the State Security Agency on June 29, 2012, that the CIA "would seem desperate to make inroads into Hamas in Gaza".

Al-Jazeera reported that Gaza had been the subject of another exchange between the South Africans and the head of Israel's Mossad agency.

"A 2009 document disclosed that then-Mossad chief Dagan had broken protocol by directly phoning South Africa's spy chief, seeking to persuade the country to vote against recognising a landmark UN investigation into allegations of war crimes in Gaza," according to the report.

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