Leaked cables needs to be investigated - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 26, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, David Maynier, has said that although the party welcomes State Security Minister, David Mahlobo’s decision to launch a full scale investigation into the leakage of damming secret service spy cables by Al Jazeera, the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) needs to determine whether the cables reveals any wrong doing on the State Security Agency’s (SSA) behalf.

Maynier’s comments comes shortly after a statement in which Mahlob expressed his shock at the leaks, which shows that the country could have fall victim to international espionage, “linked to some politicians and a head of a Chapter 9 institution”.

“If there is evidence that the State Security Agency was spying on Chapter 9 institutions, it would be the first evidence of illegal activity on the part of the State Security Agency,” said Maynier.

“The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence has to act and cannot slip into “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” mode in the middle of the biggest leak of classified documents experienced by the State Security Agency in the last twenty years.”

In a series of newly released leaks by the news agency’s investigative unit, the SSA was reported to have been partnering Russia in the development of a secret satellite surveillance program known as Project Condor. The cable, dated August 21st 2012, stats that the satellite was developed “to conduct aerial surveillance in Africa for strategic military purposes,” and that up to 30 Russian technicians were believed to have working with South Africans on the project.

Meanwhile, another cable released yesterday, indicates that South African spies had suspected China of stealing information relating to a new-type of nuclear power generator, following a series of a break-ins at the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre in 2007, in incident branded by the government as a “a piece of random criminality" and a simple "burglary attempt”.

The cable reveal that during a secret intelligence meeting in 2009, Pelindaba, which had been developing “new technology” under the codename, Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR), had garnered interests from several international military intelligences agencies, and that the break-ins were could have been due to China developing a rival project, Chinergy. South Africa eventually discontinued the PBMR in 2010 citing the lack of an investor.

 

IMAGE sourced from america.aljazeera.com

 

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