In a shocking revelation, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie once came really close to taking part in some real-life espionage on behalf of the International Criminal Court.
According to reports, a hoard of 40,000 ICC documents leaked to the French investigative website Mediapart revealed that Jolie once offered to act as human bait in a trap to arrest brutal Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.
The report also suggested that Jolie’s now-estranged husband, Brad Pitt, was supposed to be part of the plan to lure Kony out of hiding.
She “has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him,” reads an e-mail sent by former ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.
An email sent by Moreno Ocampo at the time read: “Forget other celebrities, she is the one. She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad [Pitt] will go also.”
The report also noted that Mr Moreno Ocampo was hopeful that the couple would travel with US special forces to Central African Republic and that would draw Kony out of an armoured compound, allowing for his capture.
In an e-mail, Moreno Ocampo wrote, “Apparently you can be embedded with the special forces that are chasing Kony. Can Brad go with you?”
To which, Jolie replied, “Brad is being supportive. Let’s discuss logistics. Much love Xxx.”
Moreno Ocampo later added, “It will be great to spend more time with the American troops. They are eager to get Kony, but after meeting you, they will do it.”
Jolie and Moreno Ocampo were not strangers before the email exchange.
She had gone to the ICC at The Hague, Netherlands to watch him prosecute Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first person to ever be convicted by the court.
The documents show that communication between the two tapered off after the Kony email exchange.