Tributes aside, US had deeply mixed and conflicted record on Mandela, South Africa

  • Article by: MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 5:50 AM

WASHINGTON — The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by President Barack Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century" seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career.

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