Geir Furuseth 11/04/2023 10:24
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is said to have planned to supply Russia with missiles, according to secret documents obtained by the Washington Post. The question is whether we can trust that the leaks are authentic. Photo: Jim Mattis, Public domain, Wikimedia Commons
That Egypt is going through an economic crisis and that they are completely dependent on wheat imports to feed their own population, are established truths. The question is whether the desperation is so great that they also want to sell rockets to Russia to get more currency. An article in the Washington Post does suggest this. We know much is plausible, but are the leaks Washington Post uses genuine, fabricated or controlled?
Last week it became known that Egypt has entered into a contract to buy 600,000 tonnes of wheat from Russia.
Egypt will import 600,000 tonnes of wheat from Russia in two shipments in May following an international tender from the country’s state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC), Reuters reported.
GASC said the purchase consists of 300,000 tonnes for shipment between May 10 and 20 and 300,000 tonnes for shipment between May 21 and 31. (World-Grain)
On Monday evening, the Washington Post published a sensational article that Egypt has secretly agreed to deliver 40,000 Sakr 2 missiles to Russia. Documented in the allegedly secret documents that the whole world has suddenly gained access to.
A portion of a top secret document, dated Feb. 17, summarises purported conversations between Sisi and senior Egyptian military officials and also references plans to supply Russia with artillery rounds and gunpowder. In the document, Sisi instructs the officials to keep the production and shipment of the rockets secret “to avoid problems with the West.”
Part of a top secret document, dated February 17, summarises alleged conversations between Sisi and senior Egyptian military officials, and also refers to plans to supply Russia with artillery rounds and gunpowder. In the document, Sisi instructs officials to keep the production and shipment of the missiles secret “to avoid problems with the West.” (Washington Post)
At the bottom of the article there is a paragraph which is, on the whole, completely correct, namely that Egypt both has a population problem and that the country is dependent on importing wheat to feed the growing population. Historically, Russia has always been the largest supplier, with Ukraine being a good second.
The article also contains a routine denial from a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. Then the Washington Post comes up with an interesting detail that makes my red flags go up (Emphasis added editorially. Editor’s note):
Sarah Margon, director of U.S. foreign policy at the Open Society Foundations and the Biden administration’s one-time nominee for the State Department’s top human rights post, said that “an intentional sale and delivery of rockets to the Russian government, which has committed such explicit war and other atrocity crimes, is just beyond the pale, especially for an ostensibly close U.S. ally.”
The revelations in the document, if true, raise the question of whether the US “should continue to defend and support” Egypt, if Sisi’s government seeks a sale that would “serve Cairo’s immediate needs but is likely to have serious negative global impact,” she said .
Sarah Margon was nominated for the post of the Biden administration’s human rights minister, but withdrew in January after strong criticism from several leading Republicans. Instead, she started as foreign policy director at the Soros-funded Open Society Foundation.
Leaks or controlled information?
As editor Rustad also gets into this issue on Tuesday morning (- Ukraine will hardly be able to make a big advance). It is not at all certain that these “secret leaks” are so secret after all, they may be directed to achieve goals that are not yet official US policy.
My friend from Doc-TV International, Charles Ortel, is not at all sure that the leaks are as genuine as many pretend to believe. On Monday, he made me aware of an article that might be good to read, also for Norwegian and international readers. Here is a small excerpt:
First, the story surfaces from the New York Times. What does that tell us? It tells us the stakeholders in a background narrative surrounding the issue as constructed are domestic intelligence interests. If there was a State Dept stakeholder interest, the story would have been presented by CNN. If there was a U.S. foreign intelligence operation stakeholder interest, the story would have surfaced in the Washington Post.
The story surfaces in the New York Times indicating a U.S. domestic intelligence interest, and the story is sourced directly to the White House via “senior Biden administration officials.” What does that mean? It means the narrative that flows from the story has a direction to shape opinion from the perspective of U.S. government domestic public relations. It means the narrative is intended to sway a domestic audience with a motive towards something else.
The author believes to have located the main reason itself, namely a story the Norwegian media has not covered (even though it was/is on my block):
Just before the leak/story construct. Two Russian gremlins, perhaps state sponsored or perhaps just state aligned, tricked former French President Francois Hollande into admitting the U.S. government and western alliance were behind all of the events in Ukraine after 2014, with the expressed intention to construct a proxy war against Russia using Ukraine.
Russian Pranksters Vovan and Lexus, posing as former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, got French ex-President Francois Hollande to admit the Minsk Accords were a NATO ruse to militarise Ukraine, and Western nations overthrew Ukraine’s democratically-elected government in 2014. (Full YouTube Conversation )
Just before the leak/story construction, two Russian pranksters, perhaps state-sponsored, or perhaps just state-aligned, tricked former French President Francois Hollande into admitting that the US government and the Western alliance were behind all the events in Ukraine after 2014, with the expressed intention to engineer a proxy war against Russia using Ukraine.
Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus, impersonating former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, got French ex-president Francois Hollande to admit that the Minsk agreements were a NATO ploy to militarize Ukraine, and Western nations overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected government in 2014 .(Full YouTube conversation)
This conversation is also going viral on Twitter. Whether it is real, I will not say anything about, until both my Russian and French skills are too poor, but feel free to debate:
Must see: Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus forced Francois #Hollande to tell the truth. Another conspiracy theory proven to be a conspiracy prediction.
Pretending to be the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the pranksters Vovan and Lexus contacted the ex-President… pic.twitter.com/Xwvt4f5A7a
— Mats Nilsson (@mazzenilsson) April 5, 2023
As this article was about to be published, NTB came up with a case that the leaks may have occurred in one or more chat rooms for gamers. This sounds even more improbable, so the last word in this leak case is unlikely to be said or known!