Why did US consider Mandela a terrorist?

2014-01-13 16:09
Nelson Mandela in 1990. (Trevor Samson, AFP)

Nelson Mandela in 1990. (Trevor Samson, AFP)

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US was involved in Mandela's arrest - PhD candidate

2014-01-13 11:02

PhD candidate Ryan Shapiro is suing the CIA and FBI for information on the United States' involvement in Nelson Mandela's arrest. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - A US student has explained why he is suing the CIA and FBI in an attempt to obtain documents relating to why former president Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist, and what role the security agencies had in his arrest.

In an interview with News24, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD student Ryan Shapiro said there is little public information about the involvement of US security agencies in Mandela's arrest, and why Mandela remained on the US terror watchlist until 2008.

"I wanted to know what role did the CIA have in Mandela's arrest, why were they involved at all, [and] why did the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States understand Nelson Mandela to be a security threat to the United States," he said.

According to an AFP report, the CIA has declined to comment.

- Watch the full video interview here.

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