Associated Press
FILE - In this May 13, 2006, file photo, Egypt's Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Aboulnaga, left, and Pakistanian's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz smile during a photo call shortly before the opening ceremony of the Developing Eight Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali island, Indonesia. Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone wrote in a secret State Department memo in March 2008 that Aboulnaga continued to complain about U.S. money for unlicensed democracy groups that trained political activists. Ricciardone was worried that the groups, which he called partners, could be targeted by the minister, who opposed the U.S. financing of the groups unless the money went through her office.Two months before Egyptian police stormed the offices of U.S.-backed democracy organizations in 2011, 7 Egyptian employees resigned from one of the American groups to protest what they called very undemocratic practices. Interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the workers’ protest and the broader government crackdown with the raids helped expose what U.S. officials do not want to admit publicly: the American government spent tens of millions of dollars financing and training liberal groups in Egypt, the backbone of the Egyptian uprising. This was done to build opposition to Islamic and pro-military parties in power - all in the name of democracy development. And, all while American diplomats were assuring Egyptian leaders the U.S. was not taking sides. (AP Photo/Mast Irham, Pool)

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