Jolie Offered Herself as Bait to Capture Kony

By Patrick Brogan

This wasn’t the type of story I was expecting to read today either, but there you go. What has a French media firm, the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague in the Netherlands and Angelina Jolie got in common? As The Independent reported; “A French investigative site called Mediapart obtained 40,000 International Criminal Court (ICC) documents which contained emails between the actress and former ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, The Sunday Times reported.”

Part of the thread of emails also suggests that Brad Pitt, then part of the Brangelina double team, was also willing to cooperate so US forces could lure notorious warlord Joseph Kony out of hiding in 2012. Angelina Jolie was a UN goodwill ambassador focusing on refugees at this time.

Kony 2012

Joseph Kony is wanted by authorities since 2005 on war crimes. As part of his Lord’s Resistance Army, he abducted over 30,000 children as either soldiers or sex slaves. This led a non-profit organisation called Invisible Children to start the Kony 2012 campaign to bring him to justice, including making a video. This was viewed millions of times in a very short space of time and the #stopkony hashtag was very prominent during this period.

This video was not without its critics. Many felt it was too American centric and did not do enough to condemn the Ugandan Government, but maybe one explains the other in this case. Other aspects people felt were dubious were its finances, exaggerated claims and the proposal of military intervention. A more detailed list can be found on this site.

 

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