30 Years Ago — Mandela Is Released From Prison (February 11 1990)

“There must be a kernel of morality also to international behaviour. Of course, nations must place their own interests high on the list of considerations informing their international relations. But the amorality which decrees that might is right can not be the basis on which the world conducts itself in the next century.

It was pure expediency to call on democratic South Africa to turn its back on Libya and Qaddafi, who had assisted us in obtaining democracy at a time when those who now made that call were the friends of the enemies of democracy in South Africa.”

Nelson Mandela — Cape Town (June 13 1999)

On February 11 1990 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela walked out of prison and embarked on a decade of historic endeavour. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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According to “ex-CIA agent” Donald Rickard, the arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962 was made possible by a tip-off from the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Mandela was posing as a chauffeur when his car was stopped at a roadblock by the police in the eastern city of Durban.

Donald Rickard has claimed to be the person who had learned how and when Mandela was coming to town.

President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Mandela was nevertheless on the US terror watch list until 2008.

In my opinion, Mandela was the most honourable politician of our time.

PS: This has been a long day, so I will share a joke with you. I know that Rolihlahla — “The troublemaker” — would not mind. In both Colombia and France, there is a popular joke involving Mandela. Question : What is the difference between South Africa and this country? Answer : In South Africa, you first spend time in prison, then you become president. I am not sure that Alvoro Uribe and Nicolas Sarkozy are much amused.

Mandela Release (February 11 1990)

REFERENCES

Nelson Mandela: CIA tip-off led to 1962 Durban arrest — BBC News

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30 Years Ago — Mandela Is Released From Prison (February 11 1990)

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