WikiLeak Cable Reveals Google and the State Department Talked to 'Unblock Egyptian' Videos

In response to the escalating Hosni Mubarak protests in Egypt, the latest release of WikiLeaks have been Egypt or MENA related. One cable from November 2008 revealing that the State Department spoke to YouTube in 2007 regarding the takedown of videos posted by Egyptian bloggers. The cable is an action request for the State Department […]

In response to the escalating Hosni Mubarak protests in Egypt, the latest release of WikiLeaks have been Egypt or MENA related. One cable from November 2008 revealing that the State Department spoke to YouTube in 2007 regarding the takedown of videos posted by Egyptian bloggers. The cable is an action request for the State Department to contact someone named Pablo at Google (their General Counsel perhaps?) in order to have Google reinstate access to an Egyptian blogger who had complained about removed videos and access when he reported on police abuses.

According to the cable, YouTube and the State Department talked about the removal of video content that exposed abuses in Egypt before, in December of 2007.

¶3. (SBU) In December 2007, DRL and Embassy Cairo worked to convince Google to restore XXXXXXXXXXXXX' YouTube access after a similar incident. We believe that a similar Department intervention with Google representatives could help in restoring XXXXXXXXXXXXX' access again. XXXXXXXXXXXXis an influential blogger and human rights activist, and we want to do everything we can to assist him in exposing police abuse. XXXXXXXXXXXXX' post of a video showing two policemen sodomizing a bus driver was used as the main evidence to convict the officers in November 2007 (ref C).

Apparently Google was convinced to restore the content in 2007.

Gawker's Adrian Chen points out that the blogger in question in the 2007 case was Wael Abbas who has been documenting prisoner abuse on YouTube for years.

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