Greenpeace seeks urgent meeting with Mahlobo

2015-02-26 19:43
Al Jazeera Spy Cables

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Cape Town - Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister of State Security David Mahlobo, following revelations by leaked documents from State Security Agency (SSA).

According to the so-called spy cables nine months before the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul, a request was made by South Korea to SSA to have specific security assessments on three men, one being Naidoo.

He said: “It saddens me to learn that I am likely under scrutiny by intelligence services in South Africa.”

On Monday Al Jazeera announced that it was in possession of leaked documents from SSA operatives showing how South Africa became vulnerable to foreign espionage after the end of apartheid.

The cables, obtained by the news organisation, span a period from 2006 to the end of 2014, and include detailed briefings and analyses written by the operatives.

Naidoo said “If governments want to know what I think, they should save themselves the effort and embarrassment and look at the Greenpeace website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook where my activities are reported.”

He said government would discover that Greenpeace was a peaceful and transparent organisation.

Greenpeace “only pose a threat to government and corporations who are ready to sacrifice the welfare of the people to protect the interest of the fossil fuel [oil, coal and gas] industry”, he said.

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