Wikileaks is at it again. This time releasing a cable stating the U.S. support of the Egyptian Revolution. The cable was sent from the embassy in Cairo, back in 2008. The cable addresses the contact that it had with a member of the April 6 Youth Movement. It is also interesting to read the connections that this activist has had with Washington. For more info on the wikileaks cable, read it here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8289698/Egypt-protests-secret-US-document-discloses-support-for-protesters.html
Now. I am not surprised that the U.S. is playing an active role in toppling the Mubarak regime. What strikes me typical Washington politics is that on one end, the Obama’s administration is supporting the revolution; even to the point that Obama is pressing that the transition has to be “now,” and on another end, Washington has continue to support this regime with military aid. Now, I won’t be surprise if the CIA is working behind the scenes. After all, Mubarak did hand pick Suleiman to be his Vice President, who has been the point person between Mubarak’s regime and the CIA. It always bothers me to know when the U.S. is interfering in other countries affairs. I hope that the the States won’t take credit for the Egyptian Revolution and try to pressure the opposition by choosing a leader that will maintain the U.S. interest. I want Egyptians to select their next leader who will look out for the best interests of all Egyptians. The heck with what other countries interests are. It’s time Egyptians focus on their interest and only their interest. For over 30 years, this regime has taken care of other countries interest. Now its time for the Egyptians to focus on all Egyptians.
It is interesting to read the wikileaks cable state that back in 2008, this activist from the April 6th Youth Movement stated there was an unwritten plan for democractic transition in 2011. Although he is not name in the Wikileaks cables, I have a feeling that the activist named in the cable is Ahmed Salah, the leader of the April 6th Movement. Ahmed is credited with being one of the main organizers behind Egypt’s January 25th Revolution (In Egypt, January 25th is a national holiday celebrating National Police Day, where on January 25, 1952, police officers were killed when they decided not to follow British demands to hand over weapons and evacuate the Ismailiya Police Station. The incident at the police station was photographed and the photos circulated that caused massive riots throughtout Egypt. It is no surprise that Egypitians started the Revolution on January 25th as a sign to protest National Police Day).
Ahmed Salah, is a long time political and human rights activist in Egypt. He along with Ahmed Meher founded the April 6th Movement. The April 6th movement takes its name after supporting workers in the Spring of 2008 in El-Mahalla El-Kubra, an industrial town, who were planning a general strike on April 6 to demand better living wages.
Ahmed Salah participated in a hearing in Washington on May 7, 2009 entitled, “Human Rights in Egypt”. Below are the notes from the hearing. Based on the wikileaks cable, it states that the April 6 activist was satisfy with the Alliance of Youth Movement Summit that he attended in 2008. This hearing was held in the month of May, 2009. I am sure that after this hearing another cable was sent to the embassy in Cairo to keep the embassy updated. It is very interesting to read these notes and put it in the context of what is going on right now in Egypt.
Here is Ahmed talking about the state of Egypt and the need for change.
Ahmed has not been seen since the Revolution. More than likely, Ahmed is in a jail cell. Let’s hope that him and other political prisoners in Egypt will be set free. Read this article to get further info on how Ahmed was getting others and himself ready for the January 25th revolution.