Angelina Jolie offered to act as a “honeytrap” in a secret plan to help snare a notorious Ugandan warlord, according to leaked documents.
The actress was said to have hatched a plot with the International Criminal Court’s then-chief prosecutor to help catch guerilla leader Joseph Kony, who was the focus of a US-led capture-or-kill mission. Leaked emails from Luis Moreno Ocampo suggest the campaigning actress was prepared to act as bait to draw out Africa’s most wanted man.
Jolie “has the idea to invite Kony to dinner and arrest him”, wrote the Argentinean lawyer who was ICC chief prosecutor in The Hague for nine years. He hoped Jolie’s now-estranged husband Brad Pitt, 53, would also be part of the plan, with the pair embedded in Uganda with US troops near to a Kony stronghold.
Moreno Ocampo, 65, wrote to Jolie in 2012: “Apparently you can be embedded with the special forces that are chasing Kony. Can Brad go with you?”
Jolie replied: “Brad is being supportive. Let’s discuss logistics. Much love Xxx.”
In another leaked email, the lawyer wrote: “She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad will go also.”
The documents do not reveal what stopped the plan from going ahead. Moreno is said to have also tried to get George Clooney and Sean Penn on board with other projects. He claimed he had been the victim of a cyber attack, from which “out of context information” had been leaked by those opposed to his work.
Jolie did not respond to requests for a comment.