By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
When it comes to Middle East coverage, the western media is plagued with incompetent journalists (if in doubt, read here) who rarely do their homework. Today, there is no such thing as “professional journalism”. There are supposedly professional journalists who are simply cynics and agenda driven. So the story is, especially when it comes to Middle East coverage. This time the story links to the Clinton Foundation and its ties with some nefarious Muslim Brotherhood connections, court documents and “top secret” documents that link Hillary with some shoddy Islamists, which Shoebat.com did its homework in revealing the case. And now with court records coming out of Egypt, the case begins to stink to high heaven.
A Shoebat.com reader recently informed us that “several US media outlets (are) publishing articles… stating Obama and Hillary have now had criminal charges levied against them by the Egyptian government” and wanted to know if there was any information to that effect. Short of a confirmed complaint filed against Hillary Clinton concerning her alleged relationship with Naglaa Mahmoud, the wife of former Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, on which Shoebat.com reported, we had absolutely no knowledge of – nor did we report – that Egypt filed any criminal charges against either Hillary or Obama.
That didn’t stop Washington Post writer Caitlin Dewey from publishing a hit piece in which she blamed Shoebat for starting the spread of the rumor. The best part? The Shoebat.com article she linked to had nothing to do with Egypt charging either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama with anything.
…(the rumors) seem to have originated from a year-old post on the blog of Walid Shoebat, a conservative author and blogger who claims to have converted to Christianity after spending several years as a terrorist in the Middle East. The “sources” Shoebat refers to in his report are no longer online, and the conclusions he draws about Obama and Clinton are just that — his conclusions, based on convoluted conspiracy theories with no basis in the text he quotes from. For what it’s worth, Shoebat’s critics have long accused him of inventing his conversion back story to sell books and “spew … prejudice and bigotry.”
Note the portion in bold above. Caitlin says “sources”. For the article in question, we linked to several Arabic sources. As of this writing, there is only one that is “no longer online”. It is an Al-Masry Network page that published two documents reported to have been sensitive Egyptian intelligence documents at one time.
There are plenty of Arabic sites that carried the story, Al-Bawabh News and Al-Wafd are among them, if Dewey was interested in doing her job. The problem is that the documents originally published by Al-Masry are no longer available. They are, however, published at the bottom of the Shoebat.com article Dewey referenced.
Interestingly, Dewey’s baseless smear came two days after another Washington Post article – this one on donations the Clinton Foundation accepted from foreign governments during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State – was published. According to the Post, there was at least one donation that violated the terms of an ethics agreement with the Obama administration:
…foundation officials acknowledged they should have sought approval in 2010 from the State Department ethics office, as required by the agreement for new government donors, before accepting a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government.
Qatar was another country that donated to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State. Speaking of Qatar, it was Shoebat.com who reported on a Qatari document that appeared to show bribes to Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt in U.S. dollars:
As we mentioned, the content of the article Dewey linked to had nothing to do with Egypt filing charges against Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. What it did include were the nefarious dealings of close Mursi advisor Essam el-Haddad and his son Gehad el-Haddad. Both were leaders in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood apparatus and worked very closely together. Prior to working for the Mursi regime, Gehad worked for the Clinton Foundation for five years.
The working relationship between Gehad and his father was close as well. Both men were politically active and were later arrested in their capacities as Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
In the article Dewey referred to, Shoebat.com reported on two documents published by Al-Masry that were identified as having been at one time “top secret” Egyptian intelligence documents. Those documents implicate the elder Haddad in dealings with the Sudanese branch of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), the same IDO that the President’s brother Malik Obama has been linked to.
Essam el-Haddad is named specifically in the document (circled). You can read the full translations of both documents in the article Dewey attempted to debunk:
Had the Washington Post done its homework, they would have discovered that at about the time that document was released, several documents, emails, meetings, etc. were introduced as evidence in an Egyptian court and published as well. The evidence demonstrated that these Clinton sidekicks were Muslim Brotherhood agents engaged in shoddy and nefarious activities. The Washington Post can review all 42 pages from the Egyptian central intelligence docket, rife with references to both Essam and Gehad el-Haddad as well as several American officials and dignitaries working their way through unofficial channels using bribery through Khairat Al-Shater who was not even an Egyptian government official. For example, this document talks of a request from the U.S. Embassy for then Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson to meet with Gehad el-Haddad and Khairat el-Shater:
As for the complaint against Mursi’s wife Naglaa Mahmoud, it alleges that she collaborated with Hillary Clinton and planned to help lead domestic insurrections in Egypt after her husband was removed from power. Notwithstanding the validity of the complaint, what cannot be denied is that Saleha Abedin, the mother of Hillary’s very close adviser Huma Abedin, is a close colleague of Naglaa. Together, both women constitute two of the 63 Muslim Sisterhood leaders first revealed by Shoebat.com.
Also in 2014, Shoebat.com reported on additional evidence introduced into Egyptian courts. One article had to do with the dealings of Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) and the other surrounding a $750 million deal between Blumberg Grain and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Both involved dealings with Gehad el-Haddad. What U.S. officials didn’t realize is that Egyptian authorities carried out espionage missions against the Muslim Brotherhood to build a case against Mohammed Mursi. This involved major money laundering, bribery and illegal dealings regarding lucrative offers to the Muslim Brotherhood on behalf of members of the Obama administration.
El-Shater, a man with whom Blumberg and members of Congress dealt, wasn’t even a government official. Here is a link to the pages of evidence that pertain to this matter.
Translation: Exhibit 2, March 26-27, 2012 from U.S. Embassy requesting to meet el-Shater with team from U.S. Congress, led by Rep. David Dreier to discuss relations between two nations that U.S. admits Muslim Brotherhood the largest organized movement and the most influential in Egypt. To also discuss the Muslim Brotherhood’s vision for Egypt. Essam el-Haddad (Ex 3) coordinating with el-Shater and with emissaries from EU for aid to be sent to Egypt and Int’l Bank. Ex 4, June 5, 2012: Meeting Khairat el-Shater, Essam Haddad, Gehad el-Haddad with EU emissary regarding financial aid to Egypt from EU and World Bank.
Translation: Ex. 9, August 30, 2012: U.S. Embassy requests appt with accused Khairat el-Shater and Hassan Malik with American James Harmon (head of U.S. Projects) to discuss spending $60 Million (envelope B-9).
Ex. 10, U.S. Embassy, September 1, 2012: U.S. Embassy requesting meeting with Khairat el-Shater and Gehad el-Haddad alongside Mike, assistant adviser for U.S. Nat’l Security for International commerce to discuss economic vision for new Egyptian Government.
Translation: Meeting at 1400 hours, dated May 12, 2013 with Khairat el-Shater and Makram Obeid regarding David Blumberg, an American who is a liaison with Muslim Brotherhood leadership, aided by Khairat el-Shater in which the American will secure for the Muslim Brotherhood a project for sea exports (hub) which links to Suez Canal, proposed by Muslim Brotherhood, which secures the interests of foreign nations, particularly, the U.S., Qatar, and Turkey. This hurts Egyptian national security.
Had the Washington Post done its homework by going to Shoebat.com last year, it would have discovered the accuracy of the reporting relative to the Blumberg fiasco, where dealings, promises and favors discussed among members of Congress reveals corruption at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.
Translation: Ex. 28, a letter dated May 3, 2013 entitled, “Blumberg Grain-Egypt” sent by Khairat el-Shater from his email [email protected] sent to Gehad el-Haddad and Ashraf Siri, considered a letter coming from David Blumberg of Blumberg Capital to the accuse Izz Nasser via email. The American says he obtained a letter from Ted Deutch. Democratic U.S. Congressman and Republican Mario Ballart. Sent to Egyptian ambassador, telling him that Congress has allocated aid and it is the group that supports $750 Million additional in aid… that el-Shater should consider a consolidated letter from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, not easy to obtain. See link for complete story.
Translation: Accused Jihan Hamza, who’s accused of working inside U.S. Embassy to coordinate communications involving 30-45 minute discussion dated 4/4/13 between el-Shater and the American (Lyle Brenard of U.S. treasury) to discuss aid to Egypt and to get views of el-Shater in that regard. This showed the court the extent of power given to el-Shater, despite his not working in the capacity of any government office, in accordance with traditional methods of dealings within a government during the reign of Mohammed Mursi.
More on the way as we analyze these court records so stay tuned… At any rate, when it comes to the Clinton Foundation:
“A foundation spokesman pushed back against criticism of the nonprofit on Monday, sending talking points to Clinton allies urging them to rebut “attacks on the Clinton Foundation” by stressing that the entity is “a world-class philanthropy” and that “every penny” of the Algeria gift went to helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake it experienced in 2010.”
So as usual, the Washington Post is ‘answering the call’ like monkeys who jump, hoping you throw them a banana. Who would read their paper anyway? Anyone trying to use newspaper when ‘answering the call of nature’ will soon find out. This stuff does not remove smear; it adds more smear.
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