The Telegraph is reporting that the U.S. brought an Egyptian rebel leader to the U.S. for training and sent him back home to overthrow the Hosni Mubarak government. The same report says the man is now under arrest and the Daily Telegraph is protecting his identity. Apparently the U.S. approached the “man” and arranged for him to attend a “youth summit” in New York, organized by the U.S. State Department.
The story is that the U.S. has backed a change in government since at least 2008, with an upraising before the elections this Fall, all the while praising the Mubarak government.
The disclosures, contained in previously secret US diplomatic dispatches released by the WikiLeaks website, show American officials pressed the Egyptian government to release other dissidents who had been detained by the police.
In a secret diplomatic dispatch, sent on December 30 2008, Margaret Scobey, the US Ambassador to Cairo, recorded that opposition groups had allegedly drawn up secret plans for “regime change” to take place before elections, scheduled for September this year.
The memo, which Ambassador Scobey sent to the US Secretary of State in Washington DC, was marked “confidential” and headed: “April 6 activist on his US visit and regime change in Egypt.”
It said the activist claimed “several opposition forces” had “agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections”. The embassy’s source said the plan was “so sensitive it cannot be written down”.
Obama spoke with Hosni Mubarak by phone today after Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people by television, or at least a portion of the speech was heard by those sitting by a television after midnight Cairo time.
Barack Obama, in an address to the American people just a short time ago, referred to Mubarak’s comments that he will not allow his people to live in fear, that he will find a better way forward, advising the people a couple of times to care for Egypt’s poor, he has a responsibly to give meaning to those words. For a great resource to ongoing reports on the Egyptian uprising, visit The Conservative Hideoout’s Egypt Crisis page.