I don’t need to write a detailed article in order to provide legal and moral proof that the recent broadcast of recorded phone conversations made by Egyptian activists is a crime. Such an act is certainly a crime and the host who aired the recordings, the officer who leaked them and the entire apparatus which recorded these conversations must be punished. But questions like “has the attorney-general allowed the recording these conversations?” and “how come these scoundrels haven’t been punished?” have lost all value now. Quite honestly, there’s no need for them at all.
The fact that there have been leaks did not surprise me but what did surprise me was the quality of these recordings. Simply speaking, the content of these leaks is not significant at all! So one of them is joking with his friend, another is saying “fine, check my file for me” and another is saying some rude statements over the phone. In brief, such leaks are insignificant and are of no quality whatsoever.
Despite that, people busied themselves with this nonsense. The audience overlooked the fact that these leaked recordings do not expose treason or collaboration and instead they focused on the “scandal” although there is no scandal. People focused on talks about secrets and talks in bedrooms although there are neither secrets nor bedrooms! These silly leaks succeeded at distracting citizens and occupying them with gossip such as “guess what, they’ve actually caught him talking over the phone!”
There’s nothing at all worth commenting on. The entire aim of all this is to create a state of gossip and rumors. It’s similar to when prominent journalists and analysts revealed the amount of lobster, duck and goose which Mohammad Mursi ate on a daily basis at the presidential palace. These are silly details and stupid stories which cannot be used in affairs linked to espionage or to killing protesters but which are enough to create an atmosphere of tattletale.
It’s as if the aim of these leaks is to keep people busy with nonsense, to waste their efforts discussing insignificant issues and in the end to curse the country and politicsBassem Youssef
What is tragic is that people ignored the fact that it’s unacceptable to record someone’s conversation and instead engaged themselves with who insulted who! So, instead of discussing the constitution, freedom of speech, suppressive practices and security failure, we were handed a “candy” to waste the time with. At one point, there are the phone leaks, at another there’s the puppet and at another there are conspiracies which you don’t understand but which you actually believe. But don’t worry if you ever wake up from all this nonsense, because there’s a lot more.
The Muslim Brotherhood failed at turning the political struggle into a religious one. So when Mursi started criticizing the people based on who prays at dawn and who doesn’t, the naive citizen “who’s conservative in his nature” condemned this behavior and rejected it. But now, my “tattletale aunt” has managed to make everyone gossip. It was thus easy to shift attention from political struggle towards gossip. People are thus kept busy with silly affairs while prominent figures free themselves for the real thing. This is exactly the aim.