The Washington Free Beacon reports that a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until fairly recently, was employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation, was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.
The official, Gehad el-Haddad, had been serving as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials. In that capacity, while the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt, he “push[ed] the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt,” according to the Free Beacon.
El-Haddad served the Clinton Foundation in Cairo as “city director” from August 2007 to August 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile. This period overlapped with his service to the Muslim Brotherhood.
That service began in February 2011 when he assumed control of the Renaissance Project, a Brotherhood-backed “economic recovery program.” According to the Egyptian Independent, the Renaissance Project actually was “a 25-year project to reform state, business and civil society, rooted in the Brotherhood’s Islamic values but conditioned by the experiences of the project’s founders in the modern economy.”
What was El-Haddad’s role with the Clinton Foundation? According to his LinkedIn profile, he set up its office in Egypt, supervised policy-making workshops, and presented Foundations views. He was also in charge of the its Clinton Climate Initiative in Egypt.
Was there a disconnect between serving the Muslim Brotherhood and the Clinton Foundation? El-Haddad didn’t think so. He told the Egyptian Independent that he applied what learned at the Clinton Foundation to his work for the Brotherhood-backed Renaissance Project. Presumably, he meant what he learned about “the modern economy,” not about the “Brotherhood’s Islamic values, in which he was already soundly rooted via his family.
How did the Clinton Foundation come to select El-Haddad to be its man in Cairo? We can only speculate. But we know that Huma Abedin (wife of Anthony Weiner) is one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted advisers. We also know that both of Abedin’s parents have been major figures in the Muslim Brotherhood. The same is true of El-Hassad’s father — a top foreign policy adviser for ousted president Morsi, according to the Free Beacon.
It’s a small world, about which Andy McCarthy has more to say.