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Obama, Cameron, Merkel and Netanyahu investigated for espionage in Egypt

Complaint brought against world leaders for alleged spying in Egypt also calls for a ban on joint military operations and passage through the Suez Canal

Ahram Online , Monday 5 May 2014
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Egypt's Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat has ordered an investigation into US President Barack Obama and other world leaders over spying allegations.

The complaint was made by lawyer Ahmed Abdel-Salam against Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abdel-Salam referred to reports from several Egyptian media outlets stating that Egypt's General Intelligence apparatus had arrested two spy rings accused of sending reports about Egypt to foreign intelligence agencies during the country's 2012 presidential elections.

The lawyer, who demanded that Egyptian authorities include the world leaders on Cairo International Airport's watch list, added that the alleged spying amounts to "clear violations of international agreements and treaties and is considered a declaration of war against Egypt".

Abdel-Salam also called on Egypt to cut its relations with these countries and put on trial any Egyptian citizen who cooperates with them or provides them with information, in accordance with article 82 of the Egyptian penal code. He also called for an end to all cooperation between the Egyptian army and these countries, as well as a ban on their ships passing through the Suez Canal.

The world leaders are not expected to be questioned in person.

The US first came under global attack in 2013 after leaks revealed by Edward Snowden – a computer professional and former employee at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – showed that the US had employed mass surveillance technology to gather information.

Snowden's disclosures included the revelation that the Americans had tapped the mobile phone of Merkel.

Relations between Washington and Cairo slumped following the military's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last summer, following massive protests against him.

Last October, the US withheld a large chunk of its annual $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt to express its displeasure at a violent crackdown on Morsi's supporters.

Washington, however, has since treaded carefully by refraining from calling Morsi's removal a coup, in a bid to maintain strategic ties with its key Middle East ally. 

 
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lisa W.
06-05-2014 10:50am
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The tide is turning
Its about time someone stood up to these imperial bullies. Way to go, Egypt!!
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Sam Enslow
06-05-2014 08:36am
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What standing
What standing does Ahmed Abdel-Salan have to bring such chrages? The Egyptian intelligence services and MOI are asleep? Acts like this not only insults the officials in charge of such matters, they also harm Egypt's quest to attract tourists (go where you will be seen as a spy?) and for foreign investment, from the West or anywhere else. Every country including Egypt seeks intelligence on other countyries (a subject of Aswany's "Chicago"). Now this is move to close the Canal? No income from tourists and no income from the Canal? Egypt has a perfect right to live in isolation, but if that is what it wants, have the government say so and take the necessary diplomatic steps to make it happen. This is the signal Egypt and acts like this are sending.
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Farhan
06-05-2014 01:40am
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Are Egyptians really this crazy, they should be ashamed of themself
First they imprisoned democratically elected leaders and than installing a dictator with the support of Saudis who them self are dictators and than they accusing every one of doing crimes.
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Dalou
06-05-2014 05:01am
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Oh the outage!!
You should be ashamed, It's OK West ganging up on Egypt (& every Arab country in the Middle East), spy on them and expect respect? Don't you 215 have any dignity left? "Crimes" don't justify other crimes it's ridiculous.
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Key
06-05-2014 01:17am
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Way overdue
This move by the judiciary should have been done much earlier and formally exposed so that the World knows what Egypt is up against. This is beyond terrorism.
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Aly Sadek..TORONTO-CANADA
05-05-2014 10:50pm
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The Nation...
..MR. Hisham Barakat...YOU MUST HAVE GRADUATED FROM ALICE AND WONDERLAND ACADEMY ..
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