The story about the CIA role in the arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962 highlights a bigger and often overlooked feature of President Kennedy’s time in office: his embrace of Third World nationalists.
As recounted by independent scholar Jim DiEugenio in Robert Parry’s Consortium News, JFK supported Third World independence movements that the Pentagon and the CIA usually sought to thwart or destroy.
Two examples stand out in DiEugenio’s detailed article:
Nelson Mandela with members of the Kennedy family at the JFK Library in 1990.
In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, the story that the CIA played a role in his arrest in August 1962 has made news from Washington to London to Moscow.
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