Hawks probe Pauw book leaks after State Se­cu­rity opens case

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The Hawks are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the leak of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion that ended up be­ing pub­lished in Jacques Pauw’s book The Pres

ident’s Keep­ers, after the State Se­cu­rity Agency opened a case.

“The Hawks are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­ble leak­age of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion as de­picted by the Na­tional Strate­gic In­tel­li­gence Act,” spokesper­son Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi told News24.

He con­firmed that the case had been opened by the State Se­cu­rity Agency and the Hawks were now tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the leak.

“There is no case against Jacques Pauw,” Mu­laudzi said.

SSA spokesper­son Brian Dube ex­plained to News24 that the charges were not specif­i­cally against Pauw, but rather to in­ves­ti­gate the whistle­blow­ers who leaked sen­si­tive and con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the book.

“There is a level of ex­cite­ment. This is a be­gin­ning of a long process that will un­fold,” Dube said.

The au­thor’s wife, Sam Rogers, told News24 the in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter was aware of charges, and was con­sult­ing with his lawyers on a pos­si­ble way for­ward.

This re­cent in­ves­ti­ga­tion comes in the wake of two cease and de­sist let­ters that have been sent to Pauw and NB Pub­lish­ers.

The SSA is claim­ing that the con­tent of the book vi­o­lates the In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices Act.

The SSA threat­ened to ap­proach the court for an in­ter­dict to pre­vent fur­ther dis­tri­bu­tion, pub­lish­ing or pro­mo­tion if the book was not with­drawn from store shelves.

The pub­lish­ers have said they stand be­hind the book. Copies sold out in its first week.

Dur­ing the book’s Jo­han­nes­burg launch on Wed­nes­day night, Pauw told at­ten­dees that he ex­pected to spend years fight­ing the SSA in the court.

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