SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa’s government is frantically attempting to deal with the fallout of the worst intelligence leak in its 20-year democratic history, The Guardian reports.
Dubbed “the El Dorado of espionage” by one intelligence officer, the nation was dealing with its predicament on Tuesday after hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s top spy agencies to and from the country were obtained by the Guardian and al-Jazeera.
While the State Security Agency (SSA) offered no information, the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), called for an urgent briefing to parliament, saying the leak was likely to cause “considerable embarrassment” to the agency.
The DA said that the revelations include classified reports called Operational Target Analysis of Iran, from 2010, and Iranian Intelligence Activities in Africa, from 2012.
The leak means foreign cooperation with South African agencies will be more susceptible to review for fear of other, potentially more damaging secrets coming to light, according to analysts.
The source of the security breach is still unknown.