Sunday, September 18, 2011

Report: Egyptian millionaire bankrolled embassy riot

Al Ahram reports that 150 core members of the mob that stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo on September 9 were paid by an Egyptian millionaire.

According to the report, Egyptian authorities are piecing together the plan based on interviews with those arrested during the riot.

The millionaire gathered them in separate groups on Thursday night before the riot and gave them instructions, Al Ahram says. They were told they must take revenge for the killing of Egyptian soldiers on the border.

The article further says that each of the young men were treated to a lavish meal with exotic foods and handed envelopes containing between 5000 and 11,000 Egyptian pounds ($850-$1850) . They were bused into the embassy in three separate buses that picked them up in different areas of Cairo.

The name of the patron was not revealed.

I know that the idea of breaking down the new wall around the embassy area was on Facebook a few days beforehand. The article does not say whether this rich man was behind the social media aspect as well.

(h/t Kramerica)