South Africa's security minister: spy data leak endangers national security

February 25, 2015 11:27 PM

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's security minister on Wednesday launched an investigation into the mass leaking of espionage secrets to the media this week, saying the breach would undermine diplomatic relations and national security.

The cables reveal that South Africa, a prominent 'non-aligned' state reluctant to take sides in international disputes, was coerced by Washington into spying on Iran, with which it enjoys firm diplomatic and commercial ties.

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