Spy cables: Ex-Israeli agents threatened cyber attack on SA

2015-02-25 15:44

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Pretoria - Former "Mossad spies" threatened a cyber attack on South Africa demanding an end to the ‘boycott Israel’ campaign, leaked intelligence documents show.

According to cables posted on Al Jazeera this week, a group claiming to be former agents of Israel's Mossad threatened the country unless its government cracked down on the campaign.

This was according to leaked intelligence documents.

On 28 June 2012 then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan reportedly received a hand-delivered note from unknown sources threatening a cyber attack "against South Africa's banking and financial sectors".

It gave government 30 days to achieve the "discontinuation of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and the removal and prosecution of some unidentified individuals linked to BDS".

The State Security Agency (SSA) investigated, finding no evidence that the threatened attack occurred or that the government yielded to the demands, Al Jazeera reported.

Another cable revealed insight into the activities of Israeli intelligence agents in the country.

The SSA reportedly so distrusted Mossad that it assigned counter-espionage agents to watch one of its operatives at work in South Africa.

An Israeli who was followed was noted to have had numerous sources within the South African government and police.

The report showed that the SSA were worried about the Israeli agents and went to considerable lengths to ascertain what they were doing.

By Wednesday afternoon, two days after the spy cables scandal first broke, the SSA had yet to issue a statement on the matter. It had said on Tuesday it would release a statement, and again a day later, but by Wednesday afternoon it had yet to issue one.

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