Mandela to Support Diamond Industry

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been enlisted to help the diamond industry defend itself against the film The Blood Diamond, a report says—but his appointment has kicked up an unexpected controversy. A Los Angeles Times report notes that De Beers has hired what it calls “Hollywood’s top spinmeisters”—Sitrick and Co.—to defend itself against the bad publicity that could result from the film, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly. Among the people the industry is getting to defend its product, the report said, is Mandela. “Mandela is going to say that all that stuff seen in the film is in the past, that there are no more conflict diamonds in circulation, and that the diamond industry is economically good for South Africa,” a “smiling inside source” quoted by the newspaper said. “And who in their right mind is going to argue with
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