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US embassy in Cairo: Egyptian media spoiling Egypt-US relations

September 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

The spokesman of the US Embassy in Cairo Mofid Al-Deek accused the Egyptian media of spoiling Egyptian-American relations by systematically spreading false news about the US.

In his opening remarks at a press conference with a number of Egyptian journalists at the embassy’s information centre, Al-Deek said that the Egyptian media is harming Egypt-US relations by its negative coverage of the US. He cited the disinformation in Egyptian media regarding Hillary Clinton’s latest book.

Al-Deek condemned statements by an Egyptian security expert who claimed that he obtained a classified document from the White House consisting of secrets relating to the Middle East Partnership Initiative in Egypt, which turned out to be a public document available on the organisation’s official website. He stressed that no one can hack the classified documents databases of the White House or Congress.

In response, the state-owned Al-Ahram Al-Massai newspaper denounced Al-Deek’s remarks dismissing them as “irresponsible” and accused the American media of fuelling discord between the two countries following the June 30 coup.