A former American Embassy employee who was detained by the new Egyptian government in part for his role as a liaison to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood arranged to have a U.S. congressman meet with Mohamed Morsi prior to the Brotherhood leader’s election as Egyptian president, according to an email presented as evidence in a trial.
The email from Ahmed Aleiba asked a senior Brotherhood leader to arrange a meeting between then-Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif, and Morsi.
The message was among the unclassified documents and emails presented as evidence in a trial of Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders for espionage and acts of terror.
The new government has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
The documents and emails show the U.S. preference for the radical, Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood over the secularists during the pivotal election campaign that followed the so-called “Arab Spring” revolution, says former PLO-member and native Arabic-speaking researcher Walid Shoebat, who translated some of the material.
The trial is just one of three under way against Morsi and senior Brotherhood leaders, with a fourth to begin later. The first opened in November on charges of inciting the killing of protesters near the presidential palace in 2012. Last month, a trial was launched regarding the death of police officers in Morsi’s escape from prison in a jailbreak in the 2011 uprising against Mubarak. A third trial, on charges of espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror, was adjourned Sunday until Feb. 23 when Morsi’s lawyers walked out in protest of Morsi and other defendants being confined to a soundproof, glass dock in the courtroom. The fourth trial will be on charges of insulting the judiciary.
WND reported last month two leaked classified documents show Egyptian security forces have been monitoring the activities of President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, and accuse President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton of aiding and abetting of terrorists.
‘Communicating with outlaw group’
Aleiba was detained Jan. 25 by government security forces for allegedly participating in rioting during protests against the military ouster last summer of Morsi, according to the New York Times, which cited Egyptian news media reporting anonymous statements from Egyptian security officials.
An Egyptian government official told the Times that Aleiba was under investigation for “communicating with an outlawed group” as well as for his role in the demonstration.
A June 6, 2012, email from Aleiba to Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Khairat Al-Shater said Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee at the time, was asking for a meeting with Morsi.
Four days later, Aleiba – using an official U.S. State Department email address – forwarded the email to al-Shater again with additional information.
Al-Shater then forwarded the email to an address that apparently belongs to Morsi adviser Essam el-Haddad (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shoebat notes that el-Haddad was an adviser to Morsi. Documents published last month showed that el-Haddad was in secret meetings with representatives of Sudan’s Islamic Dawa Organization.
Peter T. Shea, a U.S. Department of Labor officer stationed in Cairo, is copied on the email.
Shoebat pointed to a House speech that Dreier gave in July 2012, one month after Morsi was elected, that demonstrates he sided with Morsi and the Brotherhood.
Dreier said that to answer the question of what exactly the Brotherhood stands for and how it will lead, one needs to go “beyond the reactionary and reductionist assumptions that are often made.”
Dreier said that he had “spent a great deal of time in Egypt meeting with staunch secularists to salafists, and everyone in between, including leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
He said he found a movement that is not “monolithic” but is unified by “their public statements of support for the Camp David peace accords, for human rights, including women’s rights, as well as religious freedom.”
Dreier retired from Congress last year.
See Dreier’s July 2012 speech on the House floor:
Managing funds for terrorists
In September, as WND reported, a criminal complaint in Egypt cited Malik Obama for managing funds for both the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Islamic Dawa Organization in Sudan, a country designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist state.
In November, WND reported Egyptian lawyers filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama.
As WND reported, further evidence has surfaced that Malik Obama has been supporting the terrorist organization Hamas as a fundraiser for the Muslim Brotherhood while operating a nonprofit in the U.S. that was granted tax-exempt status by the official dismissed in the IRS scandal.
Shoebat previously presented evidence Malik Obama, Obama, as the executive secretary of the Islamic Dawa Organization, has operated bank accounts in the Middle East with known ties to al-Qaida that are being widely utilized to raise money for terrorist activities conducted by Hamas in Gaza.
A photograph posted on the website of Malik Obama’s nonprofit, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, showed him wearing a Hamas scarf that bears the well-known Palestinian slogan “Jerusalem is ours – We are coming!”
WND reported complaints had been filed with Egypt’s prosecutor-general calling for Malik Obama to be put on Egypt’s terror watch list and brought to Egypt to be questioned by state criminal investigators for allegedly financing terrorism.