This is making the rounds over here:
In an interview with the Anatolia News Agency, Saad Al-Shater, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, the detained Khairat Al-Shater, said that his father had in his hand evidence that will land the head of United States of America, President Obama, in prison. He stressed that the senior U.S. delegation currently visiting Egypt, knows full well that the fate, future, interests and reputation of their country is in the hands of his father, and they know that he owns the information, documents and recordings that incriminate and would condemn their country. Such documents, he says, were placed in the hands of people who were entrusted inside and outside Egypt, and that the release of his father is the only way for them to prevent a great catastrophe. He stated that a warning was sent threatening to show how the U.S. administration was directly connected. The evidence was sent through intermediaries which caused them to change their attitude and corrected their position, and that they have taken serious steps to prove good faith. Saad also said that his father’s safety is more important to the Americans than is the safety of Mohamed Morsi.
First of all, this appears to have been translated and is being promoted by Walid Shoebat, who is unable to prove his claim that he was an Islamic terrorist. Even so, let’s not shoot the “messenger.”
If we assume that this was translated correctly (and I do not read Arabic well enough to say), then here is the logic:
- Khairat Al-Shater was jailed in Egypt for smuggling weapons.
- Khairat Al-Shater threatened U.S. President Obama with imprisonment unless he put pressure on Egypt to release him.
- Top U.S. Officials went to Egypt to petition for the release of several prisoners, while taking pains to cover their real intentions.
- Khairat Al-Shater’s son goes to Anatolia News Agency and tells them his dad threatened U.S. President Obama.
Khairat Al-Shater is still in jail. Is his son trying to keep him there?
What is in this for Saad? Khairat? Why is Shoebat giving this any credibility? Have we seen anything to substantiate the claim? Please don’t run with a story just because you dislike someone. Think through its implications first.