Egyptian Reformer Says Enemies Published His Daughter's Facebook Photos

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Mohamed ElBaradei

Egyptian Nobel Peace laureate and former UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, potential presidential candidate. Credit: Victoria Hazou, AFP / Getty Images


Be careful when it comes to what your child posts on Facebook. It could threaten your chances to become president of Egypt.


Mohamed ElBaradei isn't wandering the political desert just yet, but the possible presidential candidate definitely sees a sinister political agenda in Facebook photos of his daughter in a swimsuit recently published in Egyptian newspapers.

The Indian Express reports the photos, taken from his daughter Laila's Facebook page, are from events where alcohol was served -- allegedly during the Muslim holy celebration of Ramadan. Laila ElBaradei is a grown woman who works as a lawyer in London.

ElBaradei tells the newspaper using such photos to embarrass him "demonstrates the necessity of the demands for change we advocate because it is the only way to bring about democracy and reform."

A Nobel Laureate, ElBaradei returned to Egypt in February to push for reforms.
"Such campaigns are always the only response by the regime to those who call for democracy, but democracy is the only way for freedom, economic reform, social justice and dealing with citizens as human beings who have human rights," he tells the Indian Express.

The photos were posted on Facebook under the title "ElBaradei's Family Secrets."

According to the newspaper, Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party condemns the publication of the pictures taken from the social networking site. And leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's Islamist opposition movement, say they are not interested in ElBaradei's personal life.

The former chief of the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency, ElBaradei tells the Indian Express the nature of the alleged smear illustrates the need to rid Egypt of the Mubarek government.

"There can be no regime that belongs to the Middle Ages in the 21st century," he says.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.