A key state witness in the trial of Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s treason trial said the United States government new about the alleged assassination plot of President Robert Mugabe because one of the participants at his meetings with Tsvangirai was a Central Intelligence Agency official.
Ari Ben Menashe said this during the trial of Tsvangirai who was charged with treason for allegedly plotting to assassinate Mugabe before the 2002 presidential elections.
He said participants in the alleged conspiracy to rid Zimbabwe of Robert Mugabe included former President Clinton, the Jewish community in America and the CIA, among others.
Viewing cable 03HARARE264, GOVERNMENT WITNESS IMPLICATES U.S.
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UNCLAS HARARE 000264
DEPT FOR AF/S, AF/PDPA
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT WITNESS IMPLICATES U.S.
GOVERNMENT IN ALLEGED ASSASSINATION PLOT
REF: Harare 259, Harare 230
¶1. The February 6 edition of the government-owned
“Herald” newspaper reports that Ari Ben-Menashe, the
government’s star witness in the treason trial of
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and two other
opposition leaders, claimed in court that he believed
the U.S. Government knew of the alleged assassination
plot against Robert Mugabe and that he believed that a
participant in one of his meetings with Tsvangirai was
a CIA official. The “Herald” plays these claims to
the hilt, running the page-one story under the banner
headline “Key Witness Names CIA.” Copies of the
article have been faxed to AF/S and AF/PDPA.
¶2. According to Mr. Ben Menashe, participants in
the alleged conspiracy to rid Zimbabwe of Robert
Mugabe now include former President Clinton, the
“Jewish community in America” and the CIA, among a
long and generalized list of other groups and
individuals. Mr. Ben-Menashe offers Defense attorney
George Bizos fertile ground for cross-examination.