Mostafa Bakry is a former Egyptian Member of Parliament (MP) and current editor who on January 13th, while on a prominent television program, insisted that the Obama administration is leading a plot to assassinate General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Bakry also warned that the consequences of such an attempt would lead to the ‘slaughter’ of Americans.
Coincidentally, as a U.S. Congressional delegation – led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) – was wrapping up its visit to Egypt, Bakry took back his comments.
A former Egyptian lawmaker who threatened on a popular TV show that Americans would be “slaughtered in their homes” if an attempt is made on the life of the country’s military chief recanted on Sunday, saying his comments were misconstrued.
The January 13 comments by Mostafa Bakry, a well-known journalist with close ties to the military, created a buzz on social media this past week but drew no comment from the nation’s military-backed government.
Mr Bakry based his comments about killing Americans on what he called a conspiracy led by the US to assassinate military chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
We have no evidence of any such plot and have no idea where Bakry got this information. That said, based on what the current Egyptian government has likely learned about Malik Obama, coupled with the increasing evidence that Mohammed Mursi’s Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood may have been involved in the Benghazi attacks, it’s quite clear that al-Sisi has significant leverage against the Obama administration.
Here are the explosive comments Bakry made that he later backed off from, via MEMRI: