Backstory: Omar Suleiman and the CIA

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt’s new vice president, Omar Suleiman, has been heading up negotiations with the opposition. He’s also been described as “the CIA’s man in Cairo.” Lisa Hajjar, associate professor at University of California at Santa Barbara, examines Mr. Suleiman’s relationship with our government and his role in controversial U.S. rendition and interrogation operations in Egypt.


Lisa Hajjar

Comments [5]

I thought Hosni Mubarak was CIA:s man in Egypt, but in these turbulent times, as opposed to the cold war, a few different men on each side might be the optimal option.

Jun. 22 2011 04:24 AM
Louis from Bayside

Very important information...thank you Leonard Lopate and wnyc for this informative news piece.

Feb. 10 2011 05:57 PM
alanah from brooklyn

This was an amazing story and a terrifying expose on Suleiman.
Egypt is about to have a torturer for a president! I'm sure Washington is pleased.

Feb. 10 2011 01:48 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Suleiman personally tortured prisoners? I'd been thinking I could see him as a transitional figure, but not after hearing this.

Feb. 10 2011 01:43 PM

The CIA chief in Egypt may resign, according to wnyc.

Feb. 10 2011 01:24 PM

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