Reuters reports that on Wednesday, thousands of pages of U.S. intelligence documents on Nelson Mandela were made public revealing that Washington continued to monitor the South African anti-apartheid hero as a potential Communist threat even after he was released from prison.

The Washington-based group Property of the People released the documents to mark the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth. It said it obtained them after years of litigation.

The group’s president Ryan Shapiro said, “The documents reveal that, just as it did in the 1950s and 60s with Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement, the FBI aggressively investigated the U.S. and South African anti-apartheid movements as Communist plots imperiling American security.”

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