Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962 came as a result of a tip-off from an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a report says.

The revelations, made in the Sunday Times newspaper, are based on an interview with ex-CIA agent Donald Rickard shortly before he died.

There has been a long-running campaign to get the CIA to release classified documents that will help shed light on the issue

Among those who have a pending suit against the CIA is Ryan Shapiro, a national security researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.