Ex-CIA agent forecast Egypt crisis months ago

Ex-CIA agent forecast Egypt crisis months ago
Thu Jul 18, 2013 21:57:37

A former Central Intelligent Agency (CIA) agent anticipated a military coup in Egypt in relation with the Persian Gulf Arab states, his article published in March shows.

His article titled “(Persian) Gulf States buy Egyptian riots" was published on March 8, 2013 in the American Conservative, arguing that Arab states feared the Arab Spring protests hit their countries so they helped to make it a failure in Egypt which was the second country that witnessed a regime change in a massive uprising.

Reminding Egypt’s economic problems, Girald said in his article that, "This in turn is producing a revolt of the middle class—which supported genuine reform after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak—as well as of the proletariat and working class, which have seen declines in already marginal standards of living and have been on the receiving end of brutal police crackdowns that have included well-documented instances of torture both in Cairo and in the economically significant governorates adjacent to the Suez Canal."

The former agent also leaked about billions of dollars secretly funneled into Egypt since the presidential election in Egypt.

He points out destined money by saying, "Washington has evidence that as much as a billion dollars has been clandestinely introduced into Egypt since the June presidential election. The money has gone to some organizers of the riots taking place, including junior Army officers in mufti, to force the regime to react with excessive force and lose what little legitimacy it retains—which is precisely what has happened."

He further expresses that "So who is behind the unrest? The money fueling the confrontation comes from Saudi Arabia and the (Persian) Gulf States, none of which are enamored of the Muslim Brotherhood or (ousted president Mohamed) Morsi”.

"They fear that the untidy democracy, such as it is, in Egypt and elsewhere amid the Arab Spring could spill over to their states, and they desire a return to something like the military-backed regime of Mubarak, which was politically reliable and dedicated to suppressing political extremism and even dissent in all forms.”

“A government of national unity, backed by the army that would give lip service to democratic institutions would be just fine.”

"The US government is aware of how the money flowing into Egypt is being used, and it too disapproves of the messy democracy in Egypt" he stressed.

On July 3, the Egyptian army announced that Morsi was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour had been appointed as the new interim president.

The political upheaval has enflamed tensions in the Arab world's most populous nation, with near daily protests by Morsi loyalists in the capital, where thousands of them remained camped out at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City.

More demonstrations are expected on Friday after the weekly main Muslim prayers.

Egypt has been rocked by violence since the coup, with 53 people killed last week, most of them Morsi supporters, when clashes erupted between pro-Morsi protesters and the security forces outside a military barracks in Cairo.


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