By Nathan Morley (Cyprus Mail Newspaper,Nicosia) // CIA could have shot Dag Hammarskjöld plane, says new investigative bookbook – Zambian Watchdog – The powerful claims feature in a new book called Who Killed Dag Hammarskjöld by academic Susan Williams, which presents a four-year probe outlining the possibility that foul play was behind the fatal flight.
When his plane came down in a forest near Ndola, in present-day Zambia 50 years ago this week, killing him and 15 others on board the world was left in shock.
Unlike previous UN leaders, Hammarskjöld adopted a hands-on policy when elected in 1953 – he was not afraid to take his diplomacy skills to troubled areas and displayed sympathy for emerging nations – as well as an intense distaste of the arrogance of big powers.
In turn, the big powers found the energetic Swede troublesome. They despised his immense energy, single-minded devotion to his tasks and what they saw as his meddling in areas that did not concern him.
Williams, a senior research fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies, says some of the strongest new revelations about the crash come from American pilot Charles Southall, who was working at the National Security Agency listening station in Nicosia.