9 November 2017

South Africa: Spooks and Spies - the Pan Progamme, Arthur Fraser and Eight Years of Investigations


What happens when spooks are fingered breaking the rules and the law? Very little it seems, if the Principal Agent Network programme by the National Intelligence Agency, is anything to go by. That project by the forerunner of the State Security Agency spectacularly, again, emerged in Jacques Pauw's book The President's Keepers. For eight years there've been official investigations, including an internal SSA finding that there was sufficient evidence to criminally charge top spies, but the smoke and mirrors saga plays on.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen on Wednesday said he would write to Inspector-General of Intelligence Setlhomamaru Dintwe for an update on his six-month-old complaint about State Security Agency (SSA) Director-General Arthur Fraser, including his role in the Principle Agent Network (PAN) programme.

"The allegations against Fraser are profoundly serious and need to be prioritised by the IGI (Inspector-General of Intelligence). It can no longer be left to opposition parties, journalists and civil society to expose the rot in our intelligence community," Steenhuisen said in a statement.

Lodged on 18 May 2017, Steenhuisen's request for an investigation of Fraser followed the opposition party's objection to his appointment to the helm of the SSA from 26 September...

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