US embassy in Egypt won't assist detained AmericanThe US Embassy in Cairo is refusing to assist a detained American journalist according to the journalist's website.
The American Embassy in Cairo, in communication with detained American journalist and Bikya Masr Editor-in-Chief Joseph Mayton, reported that they cannot help in retrieving Mayton from Egyptian military detention, citing security and diplomatic concerns.Compare this to the situation involving Ilan Grapel, where the Americans insisted that Israel pay the price for Grapel's release. I guess they haven't found a way to force Israel to take care of this one yet. Maybe they can give the Egyptians a few more F-16's.
“The military has spoke on two specific times to embassy officials, telling them that I can leave when they come and get me,” said Mayton, speaking to Bikyamasr.com staff on Saturday evening.
“For two reasons they will not send someone to come get me. First, they say that there is a security situation in the area. Second, they told me that there is a tense diplomatic situation between the US government and the Egyptian security forces,” Mayton explained.
“They said they will not send someone until a US security officer gives them the ok. They told me that they are looking at other solutions,” he continued.
What could go wrong?