Why did Obama send a U.S. diplomat to Cairo to secretly meet with a Muslim Brotherhood leader yesterday?

Aaron Klein in Jerusalem was told by an Egyptian Intelligence official that there was a meeting between Issam El-Erian, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Frank Wisner, a former U.S. ambassador to Egypt.

Discussed fall of Egypt with group dedicated to Islam’s global spread.

WNDThe topic of the meeting was the future of Egypt following the “fall” of President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian intelligence official told WND. The claim comes amid charges from Cairo that the Obama administration has been encouraging the protests rocking Egypt and targeting the rule of Mubarak, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Essam el-Erian, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested with two others as part of an ongoing crackdown on the opposition group for its active support of the terrorist group Hamas.

The Obama administration dispatched Wisner (PHOTO BELOW LEFT) to Egypt this past weekend to report to the State Department and White House a general sense of the situation in the embattled country. The Egyptian intelligence official speaking to WND said the meeting took place inside the American embassy in Cairo The U.S. State Department would  neither confirm nor deny the report.

The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the world, in large part using nonviolent means. Hamas and al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots.

The latest information is not the first charge by the Egyptian government that the Obama administration has been working with or encouraging the opposition to Mubarak. (See earlier stories here: omg-barack-hussein-obama-secretly-backed-rebel-leaders-behind-egypts-riots)

The senior Egyptian diplomat told WND the Mubarak regime suspects the U.S. has been aiding protest planning by Mohamed ElBaradei, who is seen as one of the mainoppositionleaders in Cairo.

ElBaradei, former International Atomic Energy Agency chief, has reinvented himself as a campaigner for “reform” in Egypt. He is a candidate for this year’s scheduled presidential elections. He is seen as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This past weekend, the London Telegraph reported the U.S. embassy in Cairo in 2008 helped a young dissident attend a U.S.-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

The Mubarak government arrested over 5,000 Brotherhood members last year and has repeatedly attempted to target the radical Islamist group’s top leadership and its funding resources

The Telegraph would not identify the dissident, but said he was involved in helping to stir the current protests. The report claimed the dissident told the U.S. embassy in Cairo that an alliance of opposition groups had a plan to topple Mubarak’sgovernment.

The White House has been almost openly championing the unrest in Egypt. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an “orderly transition” to democracy in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood is the main opposition group.

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough, speaking in a White House webcast, also urged the government and protesters in Egypt to refrain from violence. Egyptian officials speaking to WND, however, warned the Muslim Brotherhood has the most to gain from any political reform.