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FBI Nelson Mandela

Spied on during 1990 US visit

4 Jun, 2014

The FBI releases files comprising 334 pages of FBI records from June 1990 that relate to Nelson Mandela’s visit to the US in 1990 immediately after his release from prison. The files reveal that FBI spied on Mandela to ensure his safety during the visit, which was accompanied by numerous threats to Mandela’s life. The US government had named African National Congress, Mandela’s political party, as a terrorist organization and when Mandela visited the US in 1990, the party continued to be regarded as a terrorist organization. Memos from released files reveal that Mandela was in contact with Coretta Scott King and was supposed to meet Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader.