Mubarak: US plotted my downfall for years
Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak claimed the United States was plotting to overthrow him as far back as 2005, according to a series of leaked recordings of conversations with him in prison.
In chats with prison officials and his doctor, Mr Mubarak, pictured, gives his views on Egypt's political crisis, dating its start not to the street uprisings that led to his downfall in February 2011 but to American opposition to his son, Gamal.
"The revolution was started by the Americans in 2005," he can be heard saying. "I felt that, and they told me so. I told them I would leave power in 2011, and not hand over to my son – what they called inherited power. My son had already had enough insults."
Mr Mubarak at first refused to compromise with protesters, and by the time he agreed to US demands that he promise not to stand again for elections or hand power to Gamal, it was too late. It is unclear how the recordings, in which his voice is clearly identifiable, were leaked to a daily Egyptian newspaper.
But they favour the army's political control, since he argues that Egypt requires military leadership.
He shows little remorse at the chaotic situation in which he left Egypt. In fact, he seems to suggest matters would be better off if he were still in power. (© Daily Telegraph, London)