The Telegraph in the UK has reported that the American Embassy in Cairo helped Egyptian dissidents plan the uprising in Egypt. They obtained this information from documents that are part of the Wikileaks dump. From The Telegraph,
Ambassador Scobey questioned whether such an “unrealistic” plot could work, or ever even existed. However, the documents showed that the activist had been approached by US diplomats and received extensive support for his pro-democracy campaign from officials in Washington. The embassy helped the campaigner attend a “summit” for youth activists in New York, which was organised by the US State Department.
The entire situation in Egypt is perhaps not what it seems. How do we have a staunch ally for 30 years and in a matter of days he is forced out of office? The entire time our administration did not really support him at all. I’m not saying it is not a good thing that the people of Egypt got what they ultimately wanted, but I don’t think we can take the situation at face value either. These protests were not organized quickly, but over a long period of time with help from Google and our own State Department, as the leaked cables show. History shows us that supporting a group of people in the Middle East for a regime change does not always work out for us in the long run (watch our interview with Representative Allen West here) and we definitely have to stay vigilant as to what is going on this time. History has a way of repeating itself and if we don’t pay attention we will get burned.
Click here for The Telegraph article, and be sure to click “the secret document in full” to see the leaked State Department cables.