This is certainly interesting at any rate. Khairat Al-Shater is at the top of the Muslim Brotherhood pyramid. He was supposed to be the original Muslim Brotherhood president. In the Middle East threats like these are routine. It’s part of the mercantile culture. But it’s an interesting set of allegations.
For one thing, Saad Al-Shater has gotten the impression that he can intimidate the United States. One wonders where he got that impression from. The Muslim Brotherhood may be about to overplay its hand in a big way. And that will be fun to watch.
We caution that the following be taken with a grain of salt but considering who said it, we thought it newsworthy too. Here is a direct translation of the key points, followed by some analysis:
In an interview with the Anatolia News Agency, Saad Al-Shater, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, the detained Khairat Al-Shater, said that his father had in his hand evidence that will land the head of United States of America, president Obama, in prison.
He stressed that the senior U.S. delegation currently visiting Egypt, knows full well that the fate, future, interests and reputation of their country is in the hands of his father, and they know that he owns the information, documents and recordings that incriminate and would condemn their country.
Such documents, he says, were placed in the hands of people who were entrusted inside and outside Egypt, and that the release of his father is the only way for them to prevent a great catastrophe. He stated that a warning was sent threatening to show how the U.S. administration was directly connected. The evidence was sent through intermediaries which caused them to change their attitude and corrected their position and that they have taken serious steps to prove good faith.
Saad also said that his father’s safety is more important to the Americans than is the safety of Mohammed Mursi.
What could the Al-Shaters have? Saad mentions Obama and then the entire country. So we’re probably talking about information that either relates to a role in planning the overthrow of Mubarak or the weapons smuggling pipeline to Syria.
The former would undermine the Muslim Brotherhood, if it exposed its own willingness to be used as an American puppet. Saad may threaten the release of those documents, but it would harm his father more than it would harm Obama.
The second might be more potentially explosive, but it probably wouldn’t tell us much that we don’t already know. It would just prove it.