A new WikiLeaks release shows that the U.S. Government may have had a hand in equipping a young activist and leader of the Egypt Revolution. So does that mean the violence in the African nation is Obama’s fault? No, at least not in this respect. Find out why, and see pictures and video on the controversial new release below!

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For a start, WikiLeaks’ new document is dated December 30, 2008. That’s prior to Bush leaving the White House. The document details the U.S. efforts in secretly bringing an unnamed activist leader from Egypt and sending him to a summit in Washington.

The young man in question could not be named for security reasons, but it is stated in one portion of the leaked transcript that he is one of the United States’ most important sources of information in the African nation. It is also thought that he’s one of the leaders of April 6, a youth movement seen as the rallying point for the Egypt protests.

With 26 dead and thousands injured, some are saying that the riots are President Obama’s fault because the U.S. leader could have done more to pressure Egyptian leader Mubarak. But the White House had a lot to say in defense of the President’s communications with the African leader. Outgoing senior adviser David Axelrod was particularly staunch in his defense of the President in a talk with ABC.

“He’s confronted it, is he went to Cairo and talked about the need, the universal human rights of people. He’s — on several occasions directly confronted Pres. Mubarak on it. And pushed him on the need for political reform… Right now, we strongly, strongly believe that they need to restrain their security forces and police and set in motion a process to deal with the very legitimate grievances of people there.”

Meanwhile, the President is urging protestors to cease violence in hopes of attaining actual change. But it’s more likely the protestors will have to wear out years of pent-up frustration and anger before any peace is seen.

“Those protesting in the streets have a responsibility to express themselves peacefully. Violence and destruction will not lead to reforms they seek. This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise.”

What do you think of the U.S. role in the Egypt revolution? Do you think the situation could be construed to be Obama’s fault? Let me know in the comment section! And don’t miss the photos and video on the ongoing protests below!

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Photos: www.wenn.com/News Pictures, Carrie Devorah