Actress, director, activist, real-life spy? Angelina Jolie reportedly offered to help capture notorious African warlord Joseph Kony, with help from husband Brad Pitt.
According to a report published in The Sunday Times in the U.K. on Sunday, October 8, Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, asked the mother of six to take part in a plan to lure Kony, 56, out of hiding.
The details were outlined in emails shared with the Times by French website Mediapart.
The offer was made during discussions with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC chief prosecutor at the time, who wanted to deploy the Hollywood star in the Central African Republic to help hunt down the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. In one leaked email sent by Mr Moreno Ocampo, he says Jolie “has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and then arrest him”.
Mr Moreno Ocampo hoped to embed Jolie, and possibly her husband, Brad Pitt, with US special forces troops close to the warlord’s stronghold, where hundreds of children had been abducted.
“Forget other celebrities, she is the one,” Moreno Ocampo wrote in one email. “She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad will go also.”
Jolie, 42, who is a United Nations Special Envoy, had spoken out in the past about Kony, saying in a 2010 interview with Nightline that she would be tempted to “take down” certain people, like Kony, if she was left alone in a room with them.
“He’s an extraordinarily horrible human being,” she told the Telegraph in 2012 of the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group then operating in Uganda.
In 2011 Jolie was promoting a film about the Bosnian War called In the Land of Blood and Honey, which she had written and directed. She asked the prosecutor for his view on the film. Disregarding mixed reviews, Mr Moreno Ocampo told Jolie in an email that it was comparable to Shakespeare with a plot “so strong I am still recovering”.
A few days later he felt moved to contact Jolie again. “I am in LA and I watched the movie again (4th time) … you are a genius. You did exactly what you said: a love story showing the war horrors. xx Luis.”
Jolie was delighted: “Louis (sic), I wish you could see the smile on my face. You represent with your work all that I value. I am so happy that the film speaks to you.”
In 2012 the prosecutor began devising a new role for Jolie: helping him to bring Joseph Kony to trial. The warlord had been indicted by the ICC in 2005 for allegedly committing war crimes in northern Uganda while leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. His alleged crimes included murder, rape, enslavement and enforced conscription of children.