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Wikileaks Cables Claim U.S. Supporting Egyptian Revolution

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Two of the most unlikely news bedfellows, Russian Television and the Jerusalem Post, are reporting that fresh Wikileaks-released cables show Washington has been backing the protests in Egypt.

“The U.S. government had been planning to topple the Egyptian president for the past three years _ that is, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks,” RT reported Saturday.

The Jerusalem Post said a 2008 cable revealed the American plans.

“The cable outlines how the State Department helped an Egyptian pro-democracy activist attend a “Youth Movements Summit’ in New York and how the unnamed activist presented an ‘unwritten plan’ for democratic transition in 2011.’”

The cables also indicated the U.S. had applied pressure to have three dissidents associated with the pro-democracy activist released from prison. The Post published the cable on its Website. The original address is: http://wikileaks.ca/cable/2008/12/08CAIRO2572.html.

Certainly the Berlin Wall didn’t fall on its own. Psyops had been under way for more than 40 years. In addition to whatever operations conducted by the CIA, the electronic world suddenly awakened the sleeping sphinx.

Mainstream journalists had been ignoring all the signs. They over-estimated American control of one of its most important allies. When Egypt thought it could shut down the protest by blocking the Internet, protesters found other ways to communicate. After all, like Wikileaks, they had the entire geek world community on their side. After watching what happened in Tunisa, the wiki communities were ready.

Of course it would be among the most ironic developments in world history if American claims that democracy would stop the Islamic threat turned out to be true. But only time will tell who follows Ben Ali and Mubarak.

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  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    This should certainly count as news.

    Still, you seem to be contradicting yourself. On one hand, you say that “mainstream journalists … over-estimated American control of one of its most important allies,” yet the thrust of your article seems to be that we’re been encouraging, albeit secretly, the toppling of the Egyptian government. It just doesn’t jibe, for if you’re correct about the latter, then you’re certainly misspeaking in regards to the former. What you ought to have said, “mainstream journalists were completely out of the loop.”

    So which is it? Your editor should have picked up on this glaring misstatement.

  • Robert Weller

    I can’t help you if you don’t believe American mainstream journalists weren’t caught by surprise in Tunisia and Egypt. As Judith Miller demonstrated American journalists certainly can be in the loop. This time they were not and that is probably one reason why they paid no attention. No doubt there are experts who cover the region, like Jillian York, who had a pretty good idea what was going on.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    I saw a video report to that effect. But I didn’t pay much attention and I was incredulous. I’ll have a look for it when I get home later.

  • Robert Weller

    If the New York Times and others had spent less time worrying about Assange’s wardrobe, and had looked at the cables, they might have been better prepared. One reason they didn’t look was because they didn’t care.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Robert, I haven’t expressed any opinion whatever about American media, except in passing perhaps that I regard it as irrelevant, sorry to dispel your illusions. I only addressed what I still regard as misstatement on your part. As a credible writer, you should take utmost care to make certain your words do justice to your thinking.

    My question was simple. Is it too difficult to answer?
    Was

  • Ruvy

    America’s “allies” never seem to learn. The Israelis get stabbed in the back time after time and the régime there always goes back for more. Georgia got stabbed in the back by the Americans. Saddam Hussein got stabbed in the back by the Americans, the Shah of Iran got stabbed in the back by the Americans. Don’t these stupid fuckers ever learn? Now it’s Mubarak’s turn. “Et tu, brute?” can be repeated only so many times as the corpse bleeds….

  • Robert Weller

    I have no idea what your question is. Are you saying that there is a contradiction between the government secretly planning to overthrow Egypt and the u.s. media not knowing anything about it? these days, even if they did known there is no guarantee anyone would report it, other than wikileaks or other websites like anti-war.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielskiof

    Robert, your statement in the body of your article made reference to “American control of one of its most important allies,” and in passing, to media underestimating the scope of that control. In the next breath, you’re informing us that all along, US was promoting the overthrowing of the Egyptian regime. Consequently, your reference to the media as having “underestimated” American control in the region is either the grossest understatement of a gaffe. So my question was, which is it?

    I’m sorry I can’t make it any plainer.

  • Patricia Donalds

    I’ll never give up. Never give in. And never, ever, EVER go away until stalking laws are enforced, police and elected officials are held accountable and corrutpion on any and every level is the top priority in this war on terror. I’ts about accountability. It’s about responsibility. It’s about right and wrong. For the good of the collective whole. It’s about virtue. It’s about faith.
    And it’s about time.
    Letters to America

  • Robert Weller

    let me take a look at it. thanks.

  • Robert Weller

    Mainstream journalists had been ignoring all the signs. They over-estimated American control … is what I see.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielskiof

    But America still has control of the region, Robert, can’t you see? And that’s the case whether they support the current regime or are secretly plotting against it. But if you’re referring now to unanticipated consequences, that’s another matter entirely. No one has ever been in control of that.

  • Mary John

    Sad to see well educated people with no jobs-Presidents should only lead for less than ten years-No more 30 plus years in power

  • Robert Weller

    Roger: Having spent 14 years as a reporter in the Third World, including North Africa, I think what you see as control is a mirage. Even Rome couldn’t hold on forever.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    I never argued otherwise, Robert. I was only talking about perceptions.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rick-gold/ Rick Gold

    As the Democracy Officer for USAID from 2004-2007, I can assure you that USG efforts to support political reform groups started then, although no one expected they would lead so soon to the rise of such a large democratic movement or to the new Egypt we see today. See my new blog, Post-Revolutionary Egypt, for more specific information.