South Africa Synagogues Boosted Security After Al-Qaida Warning, Spy Leaks Reveal

Counter-terrorism document reveals operatives met in Dubai to plan an attack on a Jewish conference in Cape Town.

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Synagogues around South Africa boosted security measures several months ago following an Al Qaida related terror attack threat, acording to one of the S.A. intelligence agency documents recently leaked to Al Jazeera.

The counterterrorism document revealed that Al Qaida operatives had planned to attack a Jewish conference in Cape Town, South Africa's IOL reported on Saturday.

According to the document, two people had met in Dubai to discuss getting support for the South African operation.

On Friday, Jewish Board of Deputies president Zev Krengel the Weekend Argus that members of the South African intelligence agency had warned it about terror threats last year, and previously in 2010, IOL reported.

“We were told about a potential target in Cape Town. We think it had to do with the Jewish Board conference that year,” Krengel said.

The Spy Cables

Hundreds of confidential documents penned by South Africa's intelligence agency that detail meetings with Mossad operatives on Iran's nuclear program were obtained by Al-Jazeera and shared with the Guardian, it emerged earlier this week.

The documents, part of a leak which is being referred to by Al-Jazeera as 'The Spy Cables,' appears to be most significant exposition of secret intelligence documents since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the breadth of American eavesdropping operations in 2013.

The documents included detailed briefings and internal analyses written by South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA) operatives, and document meetings the agency's operatives held with the American CIA, British MI6, Russian FSB and other nations' intelligence agencies, between 2006 and 2014.