#Spycables: South Africa's top-secret intelligence documents leaked

Hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies were digitally leaked to the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit. These documents give insight to top secret dealings and interactions between spies from around the world. Spanning from 2006 until December 2014, the dossier reveals South Africa’s secret correspondence with the US's CIA, Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad, Russia’s FSB and Iran.

Al Jazeera also released a video that unpacks and confirms what is in the leaked documents. The documents claim that Iranian agents use civilian friends in South Africa, Persian carpet shops and news agencies, as cover to accommodate intelligence officers as well as to gather information.

4 things we learned from the leaked documents:

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit Head Clayton Swisher dismissed reports that the information emanates from Edwards Snowden. "Snowden's leaks focused on electronic signals intelligence, the ‘Spy Cables’ deal with human intelligence," says Swisher.

According to Swisher, there is a 128-pages long operational assessment document on Iran in which Pagad is referenced several times mostly in respect to allegations others have made trying to link Pagad to Iran.

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Source: Al Jazeera in collaboration with the Guardian UK

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