“There’s a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down in Eqypt tonight,” CIA Director Leon Panetta told a House Intelligence panel today.
The CIA later clarified that Panetta’s statement was not based on intelligence but on news reports.
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How significant will Mubarak’s departure be, assuming that it shortly comes?
The Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces has issued its communique #1. Does that mean Egypt will shortly be under military control?
“Ambiguous” statement from military confirms its “commitment and responsibility to safeguard the people and to protect the interests of the nation, and its duty to protect the riches and assets of the people and of Egypt”. Mentioned the demands of the people are “lawful and legitimate”. Understood the military council met separately from Mubarak.