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Mahlobo must come out and explain - Maynier

By Charl Bosch - Feb 25, 2015
Mahlobo must come out and explain - Maynier

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, David Maynier, has said that State Security Minister, David Mahlob, must make a public statement following the publishing of classified documents, or spy cables, by news agency Al Jazeera yesterday.

The documents contain classified information dating back from as far as 2009, which shows that around 140 spies are operating in the country, with many having access to government departments, ministers and even the presidency.

“For the past 48 hours Al Jazeera has been “dumping” classified State Security Agency documents. The leaking of classified documents has done considerable damage to the credibility of the State Security Agency,” Maynier said in a statement on the party’s website.

“And yet Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, appears to have gone into hiding and has not made a public statement. This is despite a strong indication that he would make a public statement at about 14h00 yesterday (Tuesday).”

He said that Mahlobo had “fled” Parliament during a sitting when questioned about the leaks, before adding that “the Minister [should] come out of hiding and make a public statement on the “spy cables””.

Meanwhile, another leaked cable indicates that former agents from Israel’s state secret service agency, Mossad, had threated to unleash a cyber-attack against South Africa due to its alignment with the Palestinian national struggle movement.

According to Al Jazeera, documents from a State Security briefing in 2012, stats that the senders of a letter to then-Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, claimed to be Mossad spies who had access to “electronic assault and defence division”, as well as being part of the team who had developed the Stuxnet and Flame viruses used against Iran two years earlier.

The cable claims that although the threat was investigated by the State Security, no evidence of its actual implementation could be found.


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