Confidential documents leaked recently by the well-renowned whistle-blower website Wikileaks on the United States Embassy in Cairo holding secret meetings with some well-known Egyptian activists and political figures at the US Embassy in Cairo. The leaks have raised controversy and ire in Egypt, especially among those figures whose names were mentioned in the leaked cables, and highlighted by the al-Wafd news website.
Political and human rights activists filed complaints to the Prosecutor General Tuesday against Al-Wafd newspaper and other portals that published what they say is a fabricated Wikileaks document claiming that they received "secret funding" from the US.
In conversations with U.S. diplomats, FM predicted Mubarak s downfall several years ago, but he was less on the button when it came to assessing developments in his own backyard.
In September 2005, the head of the Defense Ministry's diplomatic-security bureau, Maj. Gen. (res. ) Amos Gilad, told an American diplomat that the Egyptian army still sees Israel as an enemy, despite the long-standing peace agreement between the two countries. The conversation was described in a classified telegram sent from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington shortly afterward, published in Haaretz over the weekend as part of the latest round of cables released by WikiLeaks.
For those seeking to better understand the events in Egypt, by far the best source of information is WikiLeaks. The huge release of cables from the US embassy in Cairo offer fascinating insights and background into the drama unfolding in Tahrir square.
Egypt's military, the biggest recipient of US military aid after Israel, is in decline, according to American diplomats, who blame the Arab nation's top brass for failing to modernize and adapt to deal with new threats.
U.S. President Barack Obama's push for democratic reforms in Egypt has faced resistance from its longtime leader, in part because President Hosni Mubarak believes Washington's past pressure for change has caused chaos in the Middle East, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show.
Last February, the US Ambassador in Cairo sent this "scene-setter" for the visit of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, to Egypt. The priorities in the cable are telling. President Obama's heralded Cairo speech, delivered in June 2009, is the platform for Eight months after President Obama's heralded Cairo speech, for "our Strategic Dialogue and...a new framework for regular bilateral meetings with the Egyptians to explore areas for cooperation and coordination, including examining our respective assessments of strategic threats such as Iran".
Egypt's foreign minister said on Saturday information released by the WikiLeaks website showed there was no contradiction between Egyptian officials' public and private statements, the state news agency reported.