Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill, according to US and other Western intelligence agencies, The Washington Times reported on Monday.
Most Western intelligence agencies were said to have estimated that the Egyptian president is dying from terminal cancer in his stomach and pancreas. Earlier this month, Mubarak was reportedly treated in a hospital in France, and in March his gallbladder was operated on in Germany.
A Central European intelligence officer told The Washington Times that Mubarak will probably die within a year, before Egyptian presidential elections in September 2011.
"When I was in Cairo in May, it was interesting. People were mellow about the prospect of him being ill. Everyone understood the end was near; the estimates were 12 to 18 months," Steven Cook, an Egyptian-affairs specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations, said to The Washington Times.
A senior US intelligence officer said: "We have access to, for lack of
a better word, his court. We know he is dying, but we don't know when
he will die. You can be dying for a long time, by the way. Look at
[former Cuban President Fidel] Castro."
Sources told The Washington Times
that the National Intelligence Council
and the US Central Command are reportedly analyzing possible situations
and power transitions after Mubarak's death.
However, State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley said in a briefing
that "no one is looking past Mubarak. He is still the president of
Egypt, and we rely on him and his government for the critical role they
play in security and stability in the Middle East."The Jerusalem Post
could not verify the report.