An Egyptian police officer in Cairo was accused on Saturday of leaking interim-government intelligence to members of the radical Muslim organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, according to an Israeli police source in Tel Aviv.
According to the Israeli source, Jeff Goldberg, Egypt’s Minister of Interior said that a preliminary investigation revealed ties between the unnamed police official and the Muslim Brotherhood, who in the past won numerous elections including the Egyptian presidency.
Current government officials declined to indicate the type of intelligence leaked to the Islamist group. At this point the whereabouts of the suspected leaker are unknown.
“This intelligence leak is not surprising since members of Egyptian police forces, military branches and intelligence agencies may be members of radical Muslim groups or they may be sympathetic to them,” said former U.S. military intelligence officer and police official Michael Snopes.
“We must remember that President Mohammed Morsi and the majority of the members of Egypt’s parliament were elected by a clear majority of voters in a closely monitored election process. No one should be surprised that they would continue to support Morsi and the Brotherhood,” Snopes stated.
The tens of thousands of Islamists from the Brotherhood and the even more radical Salafist network, who are opposed to the military deposing and arresting Morsi, gathered in Cairo on Saturday for their own protest.
The Islamists are calling the military action against Morsi a “coup d’etat” or a “putsch” and say they will hold demonstrations until the legally elected Morsi is reinstated.
About 50 people were killed and more than 1,500 Egyptian civilians were wounded by members of the army or anti-Morsi protesters.
Meanwhile, Ansar Al-Sharia a radical Muslim group in Egypt claims it is gathering weapons and training its members according to an Internet statement on Ahran.org.