Thanks to a Wikileaked cable dated December 30, 2008, we have further evidence that the US was supporting and encouraging young Egyptian dissidents who wanted to change their country. That isn't new. What's new is that the State Department simultaneously viewed the young activists as quixotic, and dismissed the claim that opposition groups were sketching a plan to oust the regime before the 2011 election. Read my latest Atlantic.com piece about the April 6 Youth and their disbelieving US Embassy interlocutors.
And if you don't know who the man pictured above is, you may soon. His name is Ahmed Maher and he is one of the invisible heroes of this revolution.