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South African officials draw ridicule for probe of alleged CIA spies
South African officials draw ridicule for probe of alleged CIA spies

South Africa’s government was accused Friday of trying to smear the ombudsman and several top opposition politicians when it announced an inquiry into allegations they were CIA spies that were based on claims of an anonymous blog. U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard dismissed the allegations as “rubbish.” “I have faith in intelligence of South Africans,” said Gaspard on Twitter. “This story is a joke in any serious nation.” South African government leaders have often used law enforcement agencies to discredit their political opponents. The government announced Thursday night that the State Security Agency was probing claims that ombudsman Thuli...

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