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Recently, reports emerged of intelligence information which claimed that America had planned to systematically destabilize Bahrain and Egypt.[Ret.] Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that the US administration’s drive against Bahrain, supported by a Shi'ite rioters, was led by the intelligence community.
“America thought Bahrain was an easy prey that will serve as key to the collapse of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] and lead to giant oil companies controlling oil in the Gulf,” Shelton said.
Speaking to Fox News, Shelton claimed that the "plot" was foiled by King Hamad of Bahrain in 2011 who then went on to take action against the rioters, supported by it's neighbour Saudi Arabia. According to Shelton, Saudi Arabia lost its trust in the US administration after it came to light they helped anti-government Shi'ite rioters in Bahrain..
As well as claiming America was trying to influence Bahraini politics, the other country it wanted to destabilise was Egypt in 2013.Shelton said Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Fatah Sisi, a former intelligence chief, also detected a U.S. plot to support the ruling Muslim Brotherhood amid unprecedented unrest. On July 3, Sisi led a coup that overthrew Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.
“Had Gen. Al Sisi not deposed Morsi, Egypt would have today become another Syria and its military would have been destroyed,” Shelton said. He remained positive for the future saying that he hoped "calm to be restored in Egypt adding that “Gen. Al Sisi has put an end to the new Middle East project.”
However, once these controversial claims spread throughout the Middle East and as major news outlets began picking up on the story, the daily news service based in Washington, D.C, World Tribune.com which focuses on international affairs added an Editor's note to its original article on their story. The note stated that their story was based on a news report from the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain and that Shelton's statements were now "disputed by the government of Bahrain and the U.S embassy in Bahrain".
Sources which include an influential U.S.officals have found that Shelton was persuaded by the US ambassador to Bahrain to retract his statements and was forcefully silenced. The ambassador is being accused of putting pressure on Shelton which led to the statements being down played. "What came as an important shocking revelation is now being seen as baseless claims - this is ludicrous", said the ex-CIA agent who wished to remain anonymous for fear of his safety. "It's shocking to see how influential the CIA are even in the US embassy in Bahrain."
There is no doubt that Shelton's statements hold great weight and are still being taken seriously by some Bahraini citizens.