Angelina Jolie Was Recruited For A Secret Mission To Catch Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony

She’s played a crime-fighter and a secret agent on the big screen, but a new report reveals Angelina Jolie almost became part of a real life spy mission.

Leaked e-mails reveal Jolie was recruited for a dangerous mission.The Daily Mail

The Oscar-winning actress is as famous for her philanthropy as her movie career. She is a longtime United Nations High Commission for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, using her celebrity status to draw attention to issues around the world. Her work for children and women has earned her recognition, including the Citizen of the World Award.

Jolie has made dozens of trips around the world as a UNHCR Special Envoy.UNHCR

So maybe it’s not so surprising that the International Criminal court approached the actress, hoping to sign her up for a dangerous mission to capture the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Details of the daring plan were leaked in a set of over 40,000 documents obtained by French website Mediapart.

Kony is still a wanted man.AP

Kony was the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army militia, and is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, including for abducting children who he trained to fight as child soldiers. Famously, he was the target of the “Kony 2012” social media campaign, which hoped to help capture the warlord.

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By the time Jolie was brought in on the plan in 2012, Kony was still on the loose with a $5 million bounty on his head, hiding in a heavily armored and guarded compound in Sudan.

That’s when the famous actress was recruited to help bring him to justice…

10 Celebrities Who Were Secretly Spies During World War 2

We like to think that secret agents, coded messages and undercover saboteurs only belong in cheesy movies, but spies are very real. In fact, these 10 celebrities all lived a double life as spies during the Second World War:

The glamorous German actress burned up the screens in the ’30s and ’40s, but when the war broke out both America and Germany questioned her allegiance. Dietrich publicly condemned the Nazis, and did USO tours for troops overseas. But she was also investigated by the FBI, and had family living in Germany during the war.

The organization later enlisted her, giving the actress a chance to prove her dedication to America by “collecting observations about subversive activities in Europe” during her tours. To this day, historians debate whether Dietrich was an American spy or a double agent.

The children’s book author was actually a Royal Air Force pilot at the start of the war, when a painful crash forced him to take a desk job instead. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he wrote British propaganda for American newspapers.

Dahl during World War 2.EDP24

Eventually Dahl was given a much livelier job: seducing the wives and female relatives of American VIPs to learn their secrets. This included Congresswoman Clare Booth Luce, who was married to the publisher of Time magazine and so smitten with Dahl that he asked to be reassigned somewhere else.

Before her success as a celebrity chef, Child rose through the ranks of the Office of Strategic Services, which would later become the CIA. Starting out as a clerk, she was eventually promoted to a research position, developing shark repellent for underwater missions.

Child in the 1930s.Central Intelligence Agency

Later, Child was assigned to listening posts in far-off locations like China and Sri Lanka, where she recorded secret messages intercepted by the government.

In the ’20s and ’30s, Berg was nicknamed “the brainiest man in baseball.” Along with being a star player for the Dodgers, Berg was a Princeton grad who spoke 12 languages and earned four degrees, including a law degree from Columbia that he earned while playing ball.

When he was traded to the Washington Senators, Berg was recruited to spy for the U.S. government on his trips overseas. He recorded footage of Japanese military installations, and was once caught trying to sneak onto an air base.

Berg’s most dangerous mission was a fact-finding trip to Germany, where he would identify if the Nazis were close to making a working A-bomb. If they were, Berg was told to shoot the project’s head physicist Werner Heisenberg. Thankfully, he realized they were years away from building the weapon.

Keep reading to learn about more celebrity spies, including Cary Grant and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself…

The CIA Just Broke Their Own Rules In Order To Honor A Legendary Spy

The CIA has always been an agency cloaked in innuendo, secrecy, conspiracy theories and the unknown. They have a long tradition of handing out fake names, and whenever they honor one of their own, they never do so to a point where anyone anywhere can specifically identify the individual in question.

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That seems to have all changed when this past week they honored Greg Vogle with the Trailblazer award.  

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The Trailblazer award was first awarded in 1997, and it is given to current, retired, or deceased CIA operatives. It honors those “who, by their actions, innovation, or initiative, have taken the agency in important new directions and helped shape the agency’s history.