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Secret archives leaked, Egypt military wants them returned

After state security allegedly tried to burn secret archives, Egyptians managed to save and post some on Facebook. Military seeks them returned for national security’s sake

Hatem Maher , Monday 7 Mar 2011
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A man tries to kick open a door to a room inside the state security agency building in Nasr City in Cairo (Reuters)
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"We call on the Egyptian citizens to immediately hand us the state security documents so we can take appropriate measures. We call on people not to display those documents in the media," states the army, which runs Egypt on a temporary basis.

"Some of the documents contain names and cases which could threaten the security of the country and people if they were posted," warned the Egyptian army on its official Facebook account.

Residents had rescued secret archives by storming a state security building in 6th of October City, a Cairo suburb, after it caught fire - which was allegedly started by state security officials themselves. Similar reports from around Egypt raise conclusions that it was a concerted effort to destroy documents.

Several Facebook pages were created by protesters in the early hours of Sunday to display the alleged leaked documents, which contained information about rigged parliamentary elections and ways to keep opposition at bay.

The page administrators, however, stated they would not show other documents which could harm national security.

Egypt’s state security has come under fierce, open criticism since the eruption of January's Egyptian uprising, which toppled former president, Hosni Mubarak.

In fact, one of the key demands of demonstrators in Tahrir Square, where the largest protests ensued, was the abolition of the state security force, which was widely accused of torture and abuse of power.

Piles of shredded papers were found inside state security buildings and fire fighting trucks were not permitted entry by state security guards in 6th of October City, adding more suspicion.

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