On This Day — Mandela Is Released From Prison (February 11 1990)

“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)

February 11 2021 — On February 11 1990 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela walked out of prison and embarked on a decade of historic endeavor. If you think that the COVID lockdown is too hard, you may want to consider this. Mandela spent almost 30 years in jail just for being a decent man. President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Mandela was nevertheless on the US terror watch list until 2008. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Rolihlahla — “The troublemaker” — was a tall man, an athlete and the most respected statesman of his generation.

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.

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…

Sadly, almost no one knows that the arrest of Nelson Mandela was made possible by a tip-off from the CIA.

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.

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 on the US terror watch list until 2008.

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

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

“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.”

On August 4 2020, the Supreme Court of Colombia ordered the arrest of former President Alvaro Uribe.

In December 2020, French Prosecutors in the graft trial of French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy called for him to be sentenced to a prison term of four years of which he should serve two. In February 2020, Sarkozy quoted Mandela during a conference: “I never lose. I either win or learn.” I expect Sarkozy to learn a big lesson next month…

Mandela Release (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)

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashton who took the picture. When Mandela met Bill Clinton for the first time, he discovered that the US President had not been told the truth about Lockerbie by the CIA.

Mandela & Lockerbie [Short extract from “Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!”]

On February 11 1990, a person the US Central Intelligence Agency had helped to arrest in 1962, walked as a free man out of a South African prison.  This ‘troublemaker’ would soon be running the country.

QUICK NOTES — To make it easier for the readers to retrieve various chapters of my book, I have created a special page  “Lockerbie” where all the links to the chapters will be listed with a brief description. You can access that page directly as it appears at the far right of the top bar of this blog.END of NOTES

Nelson  Mandela was decided to reveal the truth about Pan Am 103 and the Lion of South Africa was determined to move Heaven and Earth until the US and the UK would accept a Lockerbie trial in a neutral country.

“The same country should not be complainer, prosecutor and judge in this particular matter,” Mandela argued.

In April 1998, Libyan government officials, lawyers and British representatives of the bombing victims – including my friend Dr. Jim Swire – met in Tripoli.

Following their meetings, Libyans authorities confirmed that their government would accept an old plan — devised in 1994 by Pr. Robert Black — whereby the case would be tried in a neutral country, operating under Scottish law.

On January 7 1999, after Tony Blair’s visit to South Africa, President Nelson Mandela launches a diplomatic initiative to bring an end to the impasse over the Lockerbie suspects.

Mandela arranged for a two-man delegation made up of Prince Bandar (the Saudi Ambassador to the United States) and Jakes Gerwell (Mandela’s chief of staff) to meet Colonel Gaddafi.

On March 19 1999, after being granted special permission from the UN, Nelson Mandela flew to Tripoli to speak directly with Colonel Gaddafi.

By the end of their meetings, Mandela announced that the Lockerbie suspects would be surrendered on or before April 6 1999.

And indeed, on April 5 1999, the two Libyan suspects for the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing, Abdelbaset al Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, were taken into Dutch custody after flying from Tripoli to Camp Zeist — an old airbase near The Hague — where they would stand trial in a Scottish court.

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

Nelson “The troublemaker” Mandela

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

REFERENCES

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

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