Email Leak Suggests Angelina Jolie was Part of Plot to Capture African Warlord
The Sunday Times claims to have obtained emails leaked from within the International Criminal Court alleging that Hollywood star Angelina Jolie volunteered to lure African warlord Joseph Kony into a trap. The Times reported that it has seen emails sent by former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo in which he writes that Angelina Jolie “has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him”. Brad Pitt was also reportedly considered for the scheme.
The ICC is a criminal court based in The Hague in the Netherlands that attempts to apply the international criminal law to bring war criminals and mass murderers to justice. It operates under an international treaty called the ‘Rome Statute’.
A series of embarrassing stories about Mr. Ocampo published in recent days are allegedly based on a trove of 40,000 emails leaked to the European Investigative Collaborations, an investigative journalism outfit, which then verified and shared the emails with 11 news outlets, including The Times.
Mr. Ocampo has claimed the leaks were the result of a cyber attack designed to thwart his current investigation into a certain government’s links to terrorism.
Last month it was reported that he had offshore companies and bank accounts in the tax haven of Panama.
According to the most recent report in The Times , Mr. Ocampo also tried to recruit George Clooney and Sean Penn to catch international criminals.
The Times reported that Mr. Ocampo wrote in one email: “She [Angelina Jolie] loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad Pitt will go also.”
Angelina Jolie allegedly replied: “Brad Pitt is being supportive. Let’s discuss logistics. Much love Xxx.”
The warlord Joseph Kony rose to global prominence in 2012 when a documentary of his crimes went viral on the internet. Over decades, he has allegedly kidnapped thousands of young boys for use in his bloody civil war in Uganda.
The ICC has issued an Official Statement denying any knowledge of how the leaked emails were obtained.