Identity revealed of second mastermind behind Egypt uprising

Ahram Online, Sunday 27 Feb 2011

Activist and journalist Abdel Rahman Mansour allegedly proposed the date of 25 January for a mass protest against the Egyptian government

The anonymity that had cloaked the figures responsible for mobilizing the call and build up for the January 25 uprising that became a revolution has been lifted further. To the name of Wael Ghoneim, Abdel Rahman Mansour has been added.

During a phone call in to the popular television program "Al Ashera Masaan" (The 10 o'clock show) on 21 February, Shady Ghazali Harb, a member of the January 25 coalition, revealed that Mansour is one of the admins of the “We are all Khaled Said" (Kolona Khaled Said) Facebook page. Harb added that the idea of the group was Mansour's.

He added that such information was withheld as Mansour has been undertaking performing his military service since 17 January.  

Mansour, a 24 year old journalism graduate, is one of the founders of Wikileaks Arabic and has been blogging since 2005. He has also worked as a reporter for Al-Jazeera's talk website, Al Arabiya’s website and was also a contributor to “Kolena Layla”, an annual feminist event.

As for the creation of the Facebook page, Abdel Rahman Ayash, an activist and friend of Mansour, stated that Mansour and Ghoneim got to know each other through Mansour’s work for Al-Jazeera, an acquaintance that was further developed following Mohamed ElBaradei’s return to Egypt.

Ayash made sure to add that in the run up to the day, many activists, including lawyers from Al-Nadeem Center, contributed to and supported their efforts.

Mansour and Ghoneim had agreed not to reveal their identities before Ghoneim‘s arrest on Thursday 27 January made it essential to do so.

New Facebook groups have since been created under the names “We are all Abdel Rahman Mansour” and “Abdel Rahman Mansour” in appreciation of his vital role in the Egyptian revolution and requesting his safety.

Mansour was due for his two day leave yesterday and while he has so far not been censored by the Army, his friends and family doubt he will be given a holiday.

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