Egypt Arrests US Embassy Employee in Charge of Political Islam

The employee was in constant contact with Khairat el-Shater,


To be clear, we are talking about an Egyptian employee. Things haven't gotten so bad that Egypt is arresting US diplomats. Yet.

CAIRO: National Security arrested a local employee on Jan. 25 who works for the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the embassy confirmed Tuesday.

“We confirm that one of our local employees was arrested on Jan. 25. According to our information, there are no charges against him so far,” said Mofid al-Deek, Media Attaché and the spokesperson of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

Deek said the embassy is communicating with the Egyptian government to understand the reason for the employee’s detention.

A security source reported National Security arrested Ahmed A., a U.S embassy employee in charge of the political Islam file. The source added that the employee was in constant contact with Khairat el-Shater, First Deputy of the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, when the group ruled the country.

The suspect was arrested while participating with others in marches and riots in Giza Governorate. He is being investigated by the National Security Agency to determine the dimensions of his activity.

It wouldn't be too surprising to learn that the US embassy did indeed hire a Muslim Brotherhood member to serve as its connection with Islamist groups.