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LONDON — Leaked emails from the International Criminal Court (ICC) allegedly show that Hollywood superstars Angelina Jolie and George Clooney were asked to help capture or spy on African warlords and dictators.
Britain's Sunday Times has seen a cache of leaked emails from the ICC that include correspondence between former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo and Jolie and Clooney. Moreno Ocampo also emailed actor Sean Penn, as well as the wife of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
The emails allegedly show:
- Moreno Ocampo emailed Jolie to ask her to take part in a "honeytrap" dinner to capture Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, whose use of child soldiers was highlighted by a viral campaign in 2012. Moreno Ocampo wrote that Jolie "has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him," and said Jolie's husband at the time, Brad Pitt, may accompany her to the Central African Republic.
- Clooney cofounded a project in 2010 using commercial satellites to fly over South Sudan and gathering evidence of war crimes. Moreno Ocampo emailed Clooney "asking for help investigating atrocities committed by Colonel Muammar Gadaffi’s regime in Libya during the 2011 civil war," the Sunday Times reported. Clooney responded that his satellites were not powerful enough.
- Moreno Ocampo invited Sean Penn to a UN Security meeting on Sudan and made plans to meet at a hotel in New York.
Penn, Jolie, and Clooney are all vocal on global political issues and are regularly involved in charity work. Jolie is also a Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The ploy involving Jolie and Kony appears to have amounted to nothing.
Moreno Ocampo told the Sunday Times he had been "the focus of a cyber-attack" and said "a criminal investigation is in process."
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