MIT Historian Sues U.S. Intelligence Agencies over Mandela FilesHistorians in the News
tags: Nelson Mandela, CIA, Ryan Shapiro
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doctoral candidate Ryan Shapiro filed a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C. federal court March 25 against several U.S. intelligence agencies for their failure to cough up documents related to world-renowned anti-apartheid activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have not complied with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records about the spy agencies’ alleged involvement in Mandela's 1962 arrest and his placement on the U.S. terror watch list until 2008, among other things, Shapiro said.
“I think it will be explosive if we can get evidence that the CIA was involved in Mandela’s arrest,” the 38-year-old social rights activist said.
comments powered by Disqus
- Climate Change Used to Be a Bipartisan Issue
- A ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ Veteran Offers Trump Some Advice
- The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.
- The crazy Scaramucci vs. Priebus feud is just as ugly as the LBJ vs. RFK hatefest
- Did Russia kill JFK? Long-secret CIA files show a Russian spy's theory.
- NYT memorializes Thomas Fleming, historian of the Revolution
- Historian Plumbs Tax Records for Patterns of Racial Discrimination
- Alt-right commentator gets 'schooled' by historian over diversity in Roman Britain
- 2 Sinologists say Liu Xiaobo’s Death speaks to a dark vision for China
- Historians plead with Trump not to block the release of final stash of JFK assassination documents