Washington: The US has defended its decision to send former diplomat Frank Wisner to Egypt despite knowing that he worked for a lobbying group, Patton Boggs - that lobbied on behalf of the Egyptian government here.
Wisner was uniquely placed to deliver a "blunt and candid private message" to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters. "We asked him to undertake a one-time mission, and during the course of that mission he delivered a blunt and candid private message. We feel he was uniquely positioned to deliver this message and have it heard by President Mubarak.
When he came back, he briefed the Secretary on his discussions in Egypt. At that point, his mission was completed," he said. Over the weekend, the Obama Administration was quick to distance itself from Wisner remarks at a Munich conference in which he said that Mubarak needs to stay in power for some
11:08 AM, Feb 08, 2011