It never rains but it pours. It's almost impossible to feel sorry for the CIA, NSA and FBI after their inept response to the revelations of the extent of their spying activities but now it's got worse for them.
It seems, the agencies could have been complicit in the arrest of Nelson Mandela which led to him being incarcerated for 27 years.
Yesterday a PhD student at MIT filed a lawsuit against the agencies asking why they haven't complied with his Freedom of Information Act request for information regarding the agencies' involvement in Mandela's 1962 arrest.
Apparently the NSA responded to the original request with the assertion: “The fact of the existence or non-existence of the materials you request is a currently and properly classified matter . . . . . . to be kept secret in the interest of national defense.”
It would be entertaining to hear the explanations of the bumbling inarticulates who head these agencies about why the release of documents leading to Mandela's arrest in 1962, could imperil America's national defence in 2014.
Of course it's jolly bad luck for the agencies that the dispensable, arsey activist they thought they had targeted for surveillance over 50 years ago should become a living saint and Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
But that's life. If you do bad stuff if can come back and kick you in the backside years later.