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Egyptian Politician Caught Urging War With US

Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 12:22 PM

By Jim Meyers

A prominent Egyptian politician who thought he was in a secret meeting was caught on live television referring to the United States as an enemy, just weeks after Egypt received $1.3 billion in new American aid.

The "open mic" incident came at a meeting convened by President Mohamed Morsi to discuss an Ethiopian plan to build a dam on the Nile River, which some at the gathering asserted was a secret American and Israeli plot to undermine Egypt, The New York Times reported.

A state-owned television channel picked up Magdi Hussein, leader of the Islamic Labor Party, saying:

"I'm very fond of battles. With the enemies, of course, with America and Israel, but this battle must be waged with maximum judiciousness and calm. Even though this is a secret meeting we must all take an oath not to leak anything to the media. ...

"Our battle is with America and Israel, not with Ethiopia."

Morsi interrupted him: "This meeting is being aired live on TV."

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