Egypt Arrests Local U.S. Embassy Employee Responsible for Contacts with Muslim Brotherhood – Tamer El-Ghobashy
Ahmed Aleiba, an Egyptian employee of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, has been detained by authorities for more than two weeks without charges, an embassy spokesman said on Wednesday. Egyptian media said Aleiba was responsible for contacts between U.S. officials and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian media have frequently insinuated that the U.S. government has backed the Muslim Brotherhood against the military, leading to conspiracy theories about American meddling in Egyptian politics and national security. Independent rights groups estimate more than 21,000 people have been arrested since the July coup.
On Wednesday, Egypt’s top prosecutor said there aren’t any political detainees in Egypt and that the arrests fall within the bounds of the nation’s criminal procedures. (Wall Street Journal)