Why did Biden embarrass Sisi and reveal his spies with an unusual official statement?

America’s revelation that Sisi sent Egyptian spies to spy on dissidents in America was not an ordinary matter for several reasons, the first of which is the Biden administration’s intention to expose the Egyptian spy, Pierre Gerges, through a statement from the Ministry of Justice, unusually accusing Egypt of secret espionage cases.

Second, that this revealed the extent of the differences between Sisi and Biden, and that the US administration still refuses to deal with Sisi, except for a mere contractor serving its interests in the region, including protecting Israel from the resistance in Gaza.

And third, that the case of Pierre Gerges’ spying is different, because it revealed that Abbas Kamel, the director of Egyptian intelligence, or his representative as a first officer, personally supervises the spy and communicates with him through an encrypted application. 1″.

More importantly, the spy’s discovery confirmed that the Egyptian security services were spying on each other, which was confirmed by the Disclose and Citizen Lab scandals.

The US Department of Justice revealed the presence of an Egyptian spy working for the Egyptian intelligence, who came to join Germany’s discovery of the arrest of a spy for Sisi in the office of former Chancellor Merkel.

indictment scandal

According to the indictment, Gerges discussed his status as an agent of the Egyptian government with an Egyptian official (Egyptian Official-1) using an encrypted messaging application, and during the conversation, Egyptian Official 1 expressed his frustration over Gerges’ meeting with employees of another Egyptian government agency during Gerges’ recent trip to Egypt. .

Gerges warned that it cannot be opened with all devices, and stated that the first Egyptian official was allowing Gerges to open with us only.

Later in the exchange of encrypted messages, the first Egyptian official (Abbas Kamel) advised Gerges that other Egyptian government agencies wanted sources for themselves, and you [جرجس] It became an important source for them to gather information.

Gerges replied, “I know, I see, and I learn from you,” then told the Egyptian official -1, “It will not happen again.”

In parallel, the focus on spying on the Egyptians continued, with the French newspaper La Tribune revealing that Egypt had signed a contract with Airbus Space to purchase a satellite used for spying purposes later this year.

And the US Department of Justice indicated – in a statement – that the accused agent is named Pierre Gerges (39 years), who holds both Egyptian and American citizenships and lives in Manhattan, and that he agreed to target critics of the Egyptian government in the United States.

The indictment states that Pierre Gerges acted at the direction and control of several Egyptian government employees to advance its interests in the United States.

In addition to monitoring Sisi’s opponents, prosecutors said, Gerges has used his relationships with local law enforcement to obtain information that is not released to the public, arranged benefits for Egyptian officials visiting Manhattan, and coordinated meetings between US and Egyptian law enforcement.

A six-page indictment said Gerges acted under the “directions and control” of several Egyptian government officials between at least 2014 and 2019. Prosecutors say he provided US law enforcement officials with information about Sisi’s opponents that Egyptian government officials received from them, and then returned to Cairo.

Meaning of espionage

ABC News quoted analysts as commenting on the espionage incident, as the latest evidence of an authoritarian leader extending his fist beyond his borders to crush political opposition, a hand that has extended in recent years to the United States.

They emphasized that Sisi launched a large-scale campaign against human rights in Egypt, which is among the least free countries in the world, according to the Freedom House think tank. The Sisi government has imprisoned tens of thousands of political prisoners, criminalized the right of expression for dissent and allowed security forces to escape punishment for crimes committed against human rights.

“Sisi’s repressive tactics now extend beyond Egypt’s borders to target dissidents abroad,” said Alison McManus, director of research at the Freedom Initiative for Human Rights, founded by Mohamed Soltan.

ABC News quoted State Department spokesman Ned Price as saying, “We seek to hold accountable countries that pursue dissidents and dissidents, both on our soil and beyond regional borders, noting the growth of this type of activity by authoritarian governments in recent years.”

It was not the first case of a foreign agent spying on dissidents in the United States.

“Critics of the Biden administration argue that little has been done to punish Egypt, a key US ally in the Middle East and a major recipient of military aid, and spying scandals should not go unpunished,” she said.

In addition to monitoring Sisi’s opponents, prosecutors said, Gerges has used his relationships with local law enforcement to obtain information that is not released to the public, arranged benefits for Egyptian officials visiting Manhattan, and coordinated meetings between US and Egyptian law enforcement.

“Among the activities of the Egyptian citizen is an attempt in March 2019 to assist visiting Egyptian officials in attending police training in Manhattan intended solely for law enforcement personnel,” prosecutors explained.

The US Department of Justice revealed that on March 8, 2019, in the context of Gerges’ ongoing operations as an Egyptian agent, he discussed with Official-1 a ​​flight for some Egyptian officials to the United States.

During that phone conversation, Gerges said, “Tell me what you want me to do,” and the Egyptian official responded by inquiring about Gerges’ relationship with a certain US law enforcement officer.

Then the Egyptian official instructed Gerges “to ask the American law enforcement officer something.”

He told him, “We want you to know if there are any police exercises going on in Manhattan in the coming days, and if so, who are responsible for these exercises? We would like to attend.”

Later, Gerges asked again, what do you want me to do? The Egyptian official alerted Gerges, saying, “We would like to continue the previous discussions, well, and Gerges agreed by replying, ‘Yes’.”

Gerges now faces one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the public prosecutor, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, and one count of acting as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the authorities, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

A federal district court judge will determine the verdict after considering US sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.

Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.

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