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Sunday, December 18, 2011

US embassy in Egypt won't assist detained American

The 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.

“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.
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.

What could go wrong?

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At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Joseph Mayton Jewish? Bikya Masr is the tabloid rag that published that story. It was Mayton himself, who concocted the story with his shoddy research about the Sheikh telling women not to touch cucumbers or bananas lest they get turned on.

I have my suspicions about this Mayton character.

At 2:35 AM, Blogger Will said...

Hi Carl.
I don't know if he's Jewish, all i know is that Joseph Mayton is an American journalist based in Cairo, Egypt. He is currently working on a book about the Muslim Brotherhood and is founder/editor of Bikya Masr website.

Here's more on the story by Joseph Mayton :


At 3:14 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Super Panetta will swoop in and given them what? A hundred drones? Wait for it.....


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