Sunday, May 29, 2011

Egypt's New Buddy, Iran, Has Been Spying On Them


In the midst of the budding friendship between Egypt and Iran, Egypt has expelled an Iranian diplomat for spying:

Egypt is expelling an Iranian diplomat who was briefly detained and questioned on charges of illegally gathering intelligence for Tehran, security officials said.

Qassem al Husseini, the diplomat, was arrested on Saturday in his Cairo home, after the Egyptian intelligence tracked his movements, Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin reported.

Husseini was charged with attempting to set up spy rings in Egypt and other Arab countries.

One puzzle remains:

He was released after a two-hour detention, Haydar Moslehi, Iran's intelligence minister, said on Sunday, according to Iranian state television's website. Moslehi also said that Egyptian authorities apologised for the incident - though he did not elaborate.

Since Egypt went ahead with the expulsion and Iran is not explaining, it's unlikely the whole thing was just one big misunderstanding.

Hope Egypt enjoys their new friends.

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