US Embassy Zings Egypt, Via Twitter

Psst, we can read Arabic, too
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 5:55 AM CDT
Egyptian protesters throw stones during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo Thursday.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – The US embassy in Cairo caught the ruling Muslim Brotherhood being two-faced as the protests were under way earlier this week, reports the Hill. The Egypt group's Arabic feed praised the protests, while its American feed expressed support for American staffers:

  • Brotherhood's tweet in Arabic: "Egyptians rise to defend the prophet."
  • Brotherhood's tweet in English: "We r relieved none of @USEmbassyCairo staff were harmed & hope US-Eg relations will sustain turbulence of Tuesday's events"
  • US response to the latter: "Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too."
The US embassy feed is run by Larry Schwartz, the senior policy officer responsible for the controversial American statement released just after the protests started. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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