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Leaks: "Mubarak behind 2005 terror attack"
This weekend, Egyptian citizens flocked to the burning building of State Security in the Cairo suburb Nasr City. Suspecting that vital evidence was being eliminated, they entered the burning building at great risk, securing as many secret documents as possible.
The document, signed by State Security agents and addressed to the Interior Minister, says: "We met yesterday [with four named persons] and agreed to all terms of the plan. ... We have agreed to target three car bombs ... the first to explode at the entrance of Mövenpick Hotel; the second near to the resort; and the third in Mövenpick village - all owned by Hussein Salem. ... We have agreed that the operation is to start during the first hour of 23 July 2005."
Another document published through Amn Dawla Leaks, if not false, outlines a business conflict between Gamal Mubarak, the influential son of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, and Mr Salem, the owner of the Mövenpick resort.
It is understood that this conflict led to the picking of Mövenpick Hotel for an alleged terrorist attack, which later was attributed to an al Qaeda group that had never been heard of before. The attack, while temporarily ruining the Egyptian tourism indu
Analysts already discuss whether the leaked documents could be originals or falsifications. The facts about the attack mentioned in the documents are correct, which of course could indicate anything. Some say secrete services would never put any such operation in the writing. Other say, these many documents, seemingly on original paper, could not be falsified containing correct facts so short after State Security buildings were raided.
Whether the documents regarding "Order 231" are false or originals will have to be determined by historians and investigators during time.
But for now, Amn Dawla Leaks is providing the first major input in Egypt's treatment of its recent history. Documents include leaks on how the 2010 elections results were falsified; reports on illegal money transfers by top regime officials; documents about how state property changed hands by means of corruption; and details about torture and intimidation.
By staff writers
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