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U.S. Envoy To Egypt Frank Wisner’s Law Firm Has Represented The Mubarak Regime In The Past
Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hand-picked envoy to Egypt, former U.S. diplomat Frank Wisner, caused a diplomatic row when he suggested at the Munich Security Conference that embattled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak “must stay in office in order to steer [democratic] changes through.” Wisner’s comments were quickly rebuked by the Obama administration, which said that he was speaking as a private citizen and not as a diplomatic envoy.
Now, the U.K Independent’s Robert Fisk has discovered a major conflict of interest that may explain why Wisner was so comfortable with suggesting that Mubarak — who has more than a million of protesters calling on him to step down over the past two weeks — should stay in power during a transition period. Fisk has found that Wisner works for Patton Boggs, a New York-DC law firm that includes in its client list none other than the Egyptian government itself. Patton Boggs even took part in litigation against Americans on behalf of the Egyptian government:
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