My Condensed Article on same topic can be found on Yahoo here.
This is a little tough to follow so I am going to keep it as simple and as clean as possible. On January 28, 2011 Wikileaks released a cable that showed US Government awareness and involvement in Egyptian affairs. Now we are going to look at the “behind the scenes” players; their motives, their actions, etc. By the end of this post you will know who is involved and what the State department knew-Before hand! Are you ready?
The Wikileak Cable and Alliance of Youth Movements
I’m not going to go over this. Read the document for yourself before proceeding. The cable (created on 12-30-08) refers to an April 6 activist that was detained returning to Cairo from the Alliance of Youth Movement in NYC. Well, who else was there that may have had an interest in Egypt? According to their program (pg. 2) the list of attendees includes Maajid Nawaz of The Quilliam Foundation. Oh and the Obama Media Team was there as well-no big deal. (The conference took place on Dec. 3-5 ’08…stick with me here)
Maajid Nawaz, a former radical who was imprisoned in Egypt for 5 years, later denounced his radical associations, and focused on being a good democrat. He was such a good democrat that before the Alliance of Youth Movements meeting Undersecretary James K. Glassman mentions Nawaz’s organization by name. Not only that, the interviewer shares his concern with possibly unleashing something that may come back to bite them. And also that the State Department is funding Howcast to host this at $50K
*From State Dept interview earlier*
UNDER SECRETARY GLASSMAN: Now, we have to work with those governments. And let me also just say, there’s a difference on an operational level between public – what we do in public diplomacy and what is often done in official diplomacy. We are communicating and engaging at the level of the public, not at the level of officials. So you know, it certainly is possible that some of these governments will not be all that happy that – at what we’re doing, but that’s what we do in public diplomacy. UNDER SECRETARY GLASSMAN: And I think this is an important part. We as a government have been engaging with such civil society organizations in places like Egypt for a long time.
Later the State Department made note in its report that Egypt had even prevented at least one activist from attending the Alliance of Youth Movements
Nawaz has friends from the same group of April 6 activists, like the one mentioned in the Wikileaks cables. He made sure to go on TV yesterday and today to make sure that everyone knew that he was “good friends” with one of Egypt’s April 6 founder Ahmed Salah (See Videos below). Nawaz says that Egypt is “personal” as we can see in yesterdays post in the UK’s The Times. (Click image for full post)
Credit Where Credit is Due/TV and Tweets
Maajid Nawaz is asking for credit to be given to, well, hard working folks like himself. He has appeared on TV twice and tweeted enough to let everyone know that this is the work of democracy in action-not the Muslim Brotherhood. After all, he did meet with the Obama Media Team at the Alliance of Youth Movements Conference and they are the best community organizers on the planet. Below are his tweets and recent TV appearances. Revenge is a dish best served on…Twitter? Click image and Look at bottom post addressed to Hosni Mubarak
So its personal-he doesnt want the Muslim Brotherhood to get credit for something they worked so hard for. Notice in the videos below they need to move “NOW” for democracy before it lost. Doesnt it sound like the rhetoric with the Stimulus or the Healthcare legislation? (Do it Now!) Also, it appears that Nawaz only has one outfit.
If you missed Nawaz’s admission of being good friends with one of Egypts April 6 founders (same group as the dissident detained according to Wikileaks cable) you can just check his Tweets!
IMPORTANT: Ahmed Salah IS NOT the individual whose name was redacted from the Wikileaks Cable. I have that individuals name and depending on the amount of cooperation I get from those involved will depend on whether or not I release it.
Training the Egyptian Dissidents-and the Catalyst
At the Alliance of Youth Movements the participants were trained for this protest and reflections on Egypt were discussed immediately afterwards. Here is a screen shot of their agenda-”How to be a Dissident”- immediately followed by the discussion on Egypt. Undersecretary Glassman’s interviewer had uncanny intuition.
The Senate Connection-Maajid Nawaz
In the Wikileaks cable it is stated that the detained April 6 activist at Cairo Airport had certain documents. Among them was his schedule to meet with US Government officials on Capitol Hill. So who can get this type of meeting? Maajid Nawaz can. After all-he testified before Congress in the past. Click for Senate Testimony
Why was the Cable ever written?
Simple-its “Cover Your Ass” tactics. The Cable was written on 12-30-08. According to a report from the State Dept: