Okay, I know. Egypt is like, so five minutes ago. Right now, everyone is doing Wisconsin and Libya and Charlie Sheen and the Oscars. But let's head back to the land of the pharaohs to revisit a question that we've looked at before: Did American covert operators instigate or direct the uprising?This Asian Tribune article
, previously unknown to me (although a Politico
commenter mentioned it), indicates that the answer is yes. The information comes from a Wikileaked 2008 cable. Yep, the plan goes back to that year. To the Dubya administration.
The United States has been covertly preparing a regime change in Egypt for the last two years secretly assisting the leaders who were preparing a blueprint to bring representative government to Egypt now emerged as leaders or organizers of the mass uprising that the world is witnessing today.
That's not the most elegantly worded sentence in the world, but you get the idea. The cable discusses a "young Egyptian activist" who was recruited by U.S. intelligence back in 2008.
This young Egyptian activist was arrested and detained in this week’s uprising in Cairo, it has been revealed.
The name of this young Egyptian leader is withheld for obvious reasons.
Aw, c'mon. Let's not be so coy. Looks to me like we're talking about Wael Ghonim
, whom we have discussed before.
So what does this cable tell us? Actually, not much that we did not already know.
Washington figured out that Mub could not last, and that his son was too unpopular to take power. Understanding that change was inevitable, they decided to exert some measure of control over the transition. Ghonim was recruited for the gig. (I kinda figured that out already.) If he weren't so young, the CIA probably would have made him the new Egyptian president, just as they did with Sadat and Mub.
The new stuff comes to this: Plans were laid as early as 2008, which means that Obama was not involved. Was Obama ever made aware of this scheme? Now that's
an interesting question. He certainly wore his best deer-in-the-headlights expression for much of the uprising.
Also, if the Dubya forces put this scheme in place, why did the Republican leadership (Huckabee, for example) make asses of themselves with their pro-Mub statements?
Turns out lots of people on the ground in Egypt knew all about these plans -- more than two years ago!
xxxxxxxxxxxx claimed that several opposition forces -- including the Wafd, Nasserite, Karama and Tagammu parties, and the Muslim Brotherhood, Kifaya, and Revolutionary Socialist movements -- have 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 (ref C). According to xxxxxxxxxxxx, the opposition is interested in receiving support from the army and the police for a transitional government prior to the 2011 elections. xxxxxxxxxxxx asserted that this plan is so sensitive it cannot be written down.
The xxxxxx string refers to the "activist" working with the U.S. government -- and, as noted above, I'm sure that this refers to Ghonim.
Let's take this a step farther. If the US was (at least in part) behind the Egypt uprising, what about the Tunisian rebellion which inspired the Egyptians? And what about Libya?
One last thing. Here's a line from the cable that caught my attention:
He [Mr. X, whom I have pegged as Ghonim] indicated to us that he has not been focusing on his work as a \"fixer\" for journalists, due to his preoccupation with his U.S. trip.Yeeaaahhhh
. About that "fixer" business. Tell me more.
Just how many "fixers" are there out there? Just how often do journalists get info about foreign affairs from "fixers" who are actually U.S. intelligence assets?