Leak of spy cables may have hidden agenda - reports

2015-02-26 17:43
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Pretoria – The leak of classified information may have a much more sinister agenda, than just  the release of state secrets, according to reports.

Since Monday Al Jazeera has been releasing selected documents from the now infamous spy cables.

According to news agency they are in possession of hundreds of leaked documents from intelligence agencies across the world, including South Africa.

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

Many of the documents leaked by Al Jazeera include papers written Israel’s Mossad, Britain’s MI6, Russia’s FSB, Australia’s ASIO and South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA).

The Institute for Security Studies’ Anton du Plessis told Eyewitness News that the leaks may have stemmed from someone with a global political agenda.

He said this agenda seems to play in two scenarios.

Du Plessis told EWN that one is the negotiations around Iran's nuclear programme and the engagement the United States has with that, and the second one is linked to the Israeli elections and government.
According to City Press, experts suspect that there could be a singular source of the documents, even though the information within the cables comes from around the world.

Red 24’s Ryan Cummings told EWN that it seemed that the leaks were part of a greater strategy.

Rumours have also made its rounds that American information technology expert Edward Snowden might have played a part in the spy cables leak.

On Tuesday Al Jazeera denied that Snowden played any part in the latest leak, saying that unlike Snowden’s leak, which dealt with signal intelligence, these cables, operational in their nature, deal with human intelligence or humans.

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