"The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned."
Apparently the U.S. hoped to be one step ahead of the game. Recognizing growing anger in Egypt with Mubarak regime, the U.S. tried to prepare resistance leaders who would guide the "revolution" in a way consistent with US regional objectives.
Accordingly, the Telegraph reports:
"The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.
"On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011."
Majia here. There is no doubt that the resistance in Egypt stems from an organic groundswell of anger and frustration. The question is whether the "revolution" remains responsive to popular needs or becomes co-opted by outside influences...