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Cablegate: Blue Lantern: Verifying Bona Fides for Broker

Published: Mon 7 Dec 2009 10:49 AM
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN: VERIFYING BONA FIDES FOR BROKER
MOHAMED H.G. EL-DIN - CASE NO. K-2337
REF: STATE 99469
1. (SBU) In response to reftel request, Pol Off met with
Mohamed H.G. El-Din at the offices of El-Hassan Trading
Establishment. El-Din confirmed that he was authorized by
the Egyptian Ministry of Defense to conduct brokering
activities in Egypt. El-Hassan Trading provides consulting
services and technical support for military customers in
Egypt and Bahrain. El-Hassan Trading does not physically
handle or store any items on the United States Munitions List
(USML), as all items go directly to the military. The
company was established in 1983 and has 40 employees. El-Din
confirmed that he was familiar with restrictions on USML
items, including the unauthorized re-transfer and re-export
of items.
2. (SBU) El-Din said his company had been doing business
with American companies for over 20 years to support programs
funded by Foreign Military Financing. The firm provides
program management support, installation and verification
services, and on-site technical support. Hassan works with a
number of U.S. companies including Raytheon, General Electric
Aviation, and Lockheed Martin. Some of his current projects
included providing follow-on support for radar systems
belonging to the Egyptian Air Defense and providing
in-country support for the F-16 and Beechcraft programs with
the Air Force.
Tueller
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