On This Day — A Night in August (August 4-5 1962) [Marilyn Monroe & Nelson Mandela]

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013)

August 5 2020 — Marilyn Monroe died of a barbiturate overdose late in the evening of Saturday, August 4, 1962, at her 12305 Fifth Helena Drive home in Los Angeles, California. Her body was discovered before dawn on Sunday, August 5. On the same day, Nelson Mandela was arrested in Durban, South Africa. Almost everyone has heard the conspiracy theory about Monroe being murdered by the CIA. Sadly, almost no one knows that the arrest of Nelson Mandela was made possible by a tip-off from the CIA. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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According to a popular conspiracy theory, Monroe was murdered by the CIA due to her association with Robert F. Kennedy, as the agency wanted revenge for the Kennedys’ handling of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

There is of course not a shred of evidence to support this theory. On the other hand…

Donald Rickard — ex-CIA agent and diplomat — claimed that the arrest of Nelson Mandela was made possible by a tip-off from the US Central Intelligence Agency.

On August 5 1962, Mandela was posing as a chauffeur when his car was stopped at a roadblock by the police in the eastern city of Durban.

Three decades later, on February 11 1990 Mandela walked out of prison and embarked on a decade of historic endeavor.

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

PS: On July 18 2020 — Nelson Mandela International Day — I wrote:

“This is Sunday, 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 Alvaro Uribe and Nicolas Sarkozy are much amused.”

Today (August 5 2020), I am quite sure that former President Alvaro Uribe is not amused at all. The Supreme Court of Colombia ordered his arrest yesterday.

Johnny Clegg with Nelson Mandela – Asimbonanga

Asimbonanga — We have not seen him

Asimbonang’ umandela thina — We have not seen Mandela

Laph’ekhona –Iin the place where he is

Laph’ehleli khona — In the place where he is kept


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


On This Day — A Night in August (August 4-5 1962) [Marilyn Monroe & Nelson Mandela]

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