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Cabinet: Spy Cables leak puts SA in danger

Cabinet says the “purported leak” of documents detailing SSA operations is illegal.

FILE: A screengrab from Al Jazeera’s Spy Cables video shows a South African State Security leaked document.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has strongly condemned the recent leak of hundreds of documents relating to the country's State Security Agency (SSA).

Broadcaster Al Jazeera and the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom published details of the leaked documents.

Cabinet says the leaking of information may put the safety of the country in jeopardy and that the "purported leak" of documents detailing SSA operations is illegal.

An investigation is underway into the leak.

At today's post-Cabinet briefing, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was asked whether Cabinet's condemnation of the leak amounted to confirmation that the documents in Al Jazeera's possession were genuine.

Radebe says, "On the Spy Cables, we will await the minister's investigation."

SA AGENTS EXTRACTED FROM AFRICAN POSTS

Last week it emerged at least four senior South African intelligence agents were withdrawn from their posts in Africa, fearing their cover was blown.

Fearing that the leak of sensitive information contained in hundreds of classified documents would compromise spy identities and locations, the SSA reportedly extracted operatives from several African locations.

The spy bosses reportedly contacted the agents last week, just hours before the documents were released by Al Jazeera.

Agency sources apparently said that some of the agents had been embedded for years but their cover was blown.

They were worried that the leaked documents contained enough information to allow foreign governments to identify the spies.

The agency announced it had launched an investigation into the leaks.

WATCH: 'Spy Cables: South African spies wary of Iran operations'

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