Was Condoleezza Rice’s State Dept. Behind Egyptian Uprising?

The Telegraph reported Friday that President Bush’s State Department was secretly providing support to a “leading figure” behind the uprising in Egypt as early as 2008.

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

These allegations arose from a secret diplomatic cable between the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and the State Department that was leaked as a part of the recent WikiLeaks dump discussing feedback from an Egyptian national who participated in the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit December 3-5 in New York. The entire cable can be read here but I thought this piece in particular was interesting:

He alleged that several opposition parties and movements have accepted an unwritten plan for democratic transition by 2011; we are doubtful of this claim.

So far the U.S. media has neither asked Secretary Clinton about this allegation nor has it conducted any interviews with former Secretary Rice on the topic. How long do you think it will take before a U.S. media outlet with run with this story?

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