Thursday, March 01, 2012
The Egyptian regime has released the American hostages it had charged with espionage after 'bail' of $300,000 per head was paid for them and for nine other NGO workers who had already managed to get out of the country. The seven Americans are on their way to an undisclosed location in Europe.
One of the seven the Egyptians held on to until they received the money was the son of Ray LaHood, President Obama's Secretary of Transportation.
Officially, the US State Department claimed that the ransom was paid by the various NGO's involved that the hostages worked for, but since those NGO's are all government funded it's obvious where the money is coming from.
Officially the American NGO workers were charged with operating without a license and using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest.But according to what Egyptian Prosecutor Khaled Suleiman told Reuters, the individuals and their organizations are accused of espionage and being in contact with the CIA as well as providing reports on Egypt to the U.S. State Department.
Last week, Egyptian Judge Mahmud Mohamed Shukry adjourned the trial until April 26, to provide some time for the inevitable haggling. After the ruling, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
called the situation "fluid" with "a lot of moving parts" bringing an image to mind so hideous I'll spare you by not repeating it.
At any rate, the baksheesh has been paid, and the hostages are on their way home.
I can almost guarantee you that the $1.2 billion in aid we give Egypt every year won't be affected. And I certainly wouldn't be surprised in the least if this happens once things quiet down as part of the deal.