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Egyptians thought Cleveland Clinic killed Suleiman for CIA

The average Cleveland resident reading these words is shocked to learn their city is involved in such international intrigue

CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Clinic hospital was the center of an international drama when ex-Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman died there during tests on July 19, 2012. 

The hospital Delos Cosgrove led as CEO was accused in Egypt of having doctors or employees doubling as CIA assassins on medical teams assigned to kill two Arab leaders.  The accusations are like a plot right out of a Hollywood film.  

The accusations are particularly intriguing given the strong presence of American Jews on the Cleveland Clinic board who provide considerable financial support to Israel’s causes and organizations.

Suleiman was a spy boss who had led the Egyptian Intelligence Service (EIS).  It’s that nation’s CIA. 

Ex-Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos Cosgrove authorized a release of federally-protected private patient information about ex-Egyptian spy boss Omar Suleiman’s diagnosis despite the U.S. Department of State that authorized him to be here saying there’d be no discussion about his diagnosis.

In Egypt he was known by critics as a torturer and possibly the next president.  Suleiman was heavily-involved in the CIA’s “rendition” program of kidnapping and torturing suspected terrorists.  By the time he arrived and died in Cleveland Suleiman had already withdrawn as a presidential candidate. 

The Muslim Brotherhood had rallied the nation against President Hosni Mbarak and his administration after U.S. Department of State diplomatic cables obtained by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks revealed them as too Israel-friendly.  Suleiman had been accused of supplying oil to Israel.  The cables revealed Mbarak was secretly working with Israel while lying to his people that they were the nation’s enemies.

The reality is the CIA and FBI liked Suleiman as an anti-terrorist partner.  The same with Israel’s Mossod.  So when he needed medical tests the Jewish-controlled and pro-Israel Cleveland Clinic hospital seemed like a friendly-enough place for him to go without “as much” fear of a “medical assassination.”  

The late Member of Parliament Mohammed Zakaria-Moheiden was Suleiman’s friend and the EIS’s founder.  He also served as a member of Parliament before Morsi dissolved it. 

Zakaria-Moheiden claimed Suleiman worried about being assassinated by CIA agents, particularly after surviving an assassination attempt in 2011 that killed two of his bodyguards when he was Mubarak’s vice president.  Suleiman blamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood of trying to kill him after Mubarak stepped aside as president during the “Arab Spring” uprisings.

Zakaria-Moheiden alleged that President Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador to Cairo Anne Patterson and CIA director David Patraeus shared complicity in Suleiman’s death. Mahmoud, who worked with Suleiman while both served under former Mubarak, promised to conduct the investigation.

Zakaria-Moheiden said Suleiman’s assassination concerns stemmed from his knowledge of U.S. and Israeli intelligence “black box” secrets.  He said “the general” knew secrets that were dangerous to Arab leaders in the region and their true relationship with Israel.  Suleiman was on Israel’s back door payroll; which may have been why he felt comfortable enough to visit the Jewish-controlled and Israeli-friendly hospital.

Zakaria-Moheiden said Suleiman expressed reservations about traveling to the U.S. for medical treatment because U.S. laws give the CIA permission to assassinate individuals with knowledge of secrets that threatens the nation’s intelligence community.  Hospital deaths are not investigated to determine if people died of illness or were murdered.

Omar Suleiman’s close friend was Egypt’s Intelligence Services founder Mohammad Fakaria Moheiden. He spoke to Suleiman 4 hours before his death and he sounded fine. The now “late” member of Egypt’s parliament called for an investigation before Parliament was dissolved by newly-elected President Mohamed Morsi.

 

Zakaria-Moheiden did not stop with his allegations that Obama may have ordered or known the CIA played a role in Suleiman’s death.  The Egyptian politician accused Cleveland Clinic physicians of aiding the CIA in assassinating Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.

Prince Nayef, 77, underwent health tests at Cleveland Clinic for nearly three months beginning in March 2012.  He returned to Saudi Arabia in May and flew out again on May 26 for the University Hospital of Switzerland in Geneva.  He died in that country of cardiac problems at his brother’s Swiss residence a month later on June 16.   He was buried the next day.

Media reports said Prince Nayef was treated for leukemia, osteoporosis and diabetes mellitus at Cleveland Clinic and had knee surgery at Switzerland’s University Hospital.  Digital footage of a feeble-looking Prince Nayef with other elderly members of the royal family was shown on Swiss television stations.

Three days after Prince Nayef’s death on June 19, Voice of America released information claiming that Sulieman’s ex-boss, Mubarak, was clinically dead.  The American media story was totally untrue.  Mubarak is alive and currently under medical supervision in an Egyptian prison.

Saudi Arabia Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz was treated at Cleveland Clinic and died four months later.

The false story of Mubarak’s death, however, provided a level of “James Bond” intrigue to what had taken place with Suleiman and Prince Nayef.  Three days after the prince’s death, and after the false Mubarak story, the Egyptian media reported that Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Under-Secretary Dr. Hakan Fidan had been assassinated.

The MIT quickly issued a June 20, 2012 news release to squash the false story and to denounce it as untrue.  Another Arab media story claimed that Sulieman was taken to Cleveland Clinic after being nearly burned to death during a car bomb assassination attempt while in Syria.

There was even a story that CNN talk show host Fareed Zakaria spoke to Suleiman four hours before his death and that it was he who accused Cleveland Clinic of aiding the CIA and calling for an investigation.  The story was untrue.

Calls for an investigation of Cleveland Clinic’s medical care of Suleiman began almost immediately after his body arrived back in Egypt when lawyers Tarek Mahmoud and Essam Kandil went public with questions.  Mahmoud demanded access to the medical records Cleveland Clinic created for the ex-vice president and spy boss.  Kandil asked Egypt’s general prosecutor to investigate.  Mahmoud agreed but there are no published reports of a completed investigation six months later.

U.S. Department of State spokesman Patrick Ventrell clearly stated that under federal patient privacy laws the “government” was not disclosing or authorizing the disclosure of Omar Suleiman’s medical information or diagnosis. Cleveland Clinic receives federal funds and is bound as a sub-recipient to obey federal laws as if they were an agency of the U.S. government. Delos Cosgrove appears not to have been authorized by the U.S. government to release any information about Suleiman’s diagnosis and cause of death.

U.S. Department of State officials were tight-lipped  about the circumstances surrounding the Egyptian politician’s death on U.S. soil.  During a July 19 state department briefing, spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters he didn’t have any answers to their questions[ and claimed that patient privacy would not allow him to share the information even if he did.  The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) law didn’t stop Cleveland Clinic officials, however, from revealing Suleiman’s “private” medical diagnosis and cause of his death.

“On Thursday, July 19, General Omar Soliman, former Vice President of Egypt, passed away due to complications from amyloidosis, a disease that affects multiple organs including the heart and kidneys. General Soliman arrived Monday at Cleveland Clinic where the disease was discovered after undergoing multiple medical tests,” the officials told the media.

According to the 2001 results of a treatment study conducted by doctors from the Charité University Hospital at Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany, the disease’s sufferers have a 13 month survival rate after diagnosis.  Heart disease reduces the survival rate to 5 months.  Amyloidosis is also rare and affects 8 out of every 1 million people annually. The majority of people affected are over 40 and male. Its causes are unknown.  Its a hereditary disease in people of Portuguese, Swedish and Japanese descent according to a disease description on the Lahey Hospital Medical Center website.

Cleveland Clinic’s health information says amyloidosis should be suspected when unexplained protein is in the urine and kidney failure occurs with no reason.  An enlarged liver or spleen, nerve damage, congestive heart failure and failing to absorb food makes the disease a suspect when all those conditions exist.

The late Powell Ceasar served as spokesman for the Cuyahoga County medical examiner and told the author in 2012 that Suleiman’s body was not going to be autopsied by local officials.

Although both men were on U.S. soil, neither of their bodies were delivered to Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson for an autopsy.

“They were not medical examiner cases,” said the late spokesman Powell Caesar at the time.

Suleiman checked into Cleveland Clinic on Monday, July 17.  He died on Wednesday, July 19.  The former spy boss’ body arrived in Cairo by special aircraft on July 22 for a military funeral.  

One published report from PRESSTV said the ex-spy boss’ body was accompanied back to Egypt with his three daughters after undergoing “procedures” in the U.S.

Suleiman’s chief of staff, Hussein Kamal said one minute his employer was fine and the next minute he was dead.

“It happened all of a sudden,” he is quoted as telling Reuters.

U.S. Department of State officials were tight-lipped  about the circumstances surrounding the Egyptian politician’s death on U.S. soil.  During a July 19 state department briefing, spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters he didn’t have any answers to their questions[ and claimed that patient privacy would not allow him to share the information even if he did.  The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) law didn’t stop Cleveland Clinic officials, however, from revealing Suleiman’s “private” medical diagnosis and cause of his death.

“On Thursday, July 19, General Omar Soliman, former Vice President of Egypt, passed away due to complications from amyloidosis, a disease that affects multiple organs including the heart and kidneys. General Soliman arrived Monday at Cleveland Clinic where the disease was discovered after undergoing multiple medical tests,” the officials told the media.

According to the 2001 results of a treatment study conducted by doctors from the Charité University Hospital at Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany, the disease’s sufferers have a 13 month survival rate after diagnosis.  Heart disease reduces the survival rate to 5 months.  Amyloidosis is also rare and affects 8 out of every 1 million people annually. The majority of people affected are over 40 and male. Its causes are unknown.  Its a hereditary disease in people of Portuguese, Swedish and Japanese descent according to a disease description on the Lahey Hospital Medical Center website.

Approximately two months before Omar Suleiman visited Cleveland Clinic for tests, Cosgrove and the board in May 2012 hired the FBI’s ex-associate director of counter-intelligence for the “Middle East” to serve as the hospital’s chief of protective services in Cleveland Abu Dhabi. While with the FBI Snow was involved in counter-terrorism activities in the Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Cleveland Clinic’s health information says amyloidosis should be suspected when unexplained protein is in the urine and kidney failure occurs with no reason.  An enlarged liver or spleen, nerve damage, congestive heart failure and failing to absorb food makes the disease a suspect when all those conditions exist.

Quotes attributed to Kamal by the Egyptian media said Suleiman did not suffer the same fate as former Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.  Arafat died in 2004 of alleged intentionally inflicted radiation poisoning.  The former Palestinian leader’s body was exhumed in November 2012 to be studied by French, Russian and Swiss medical and radiation experts to settle the question.

Kamal said Suleiman was experiencing psychological pressure because of Egypt’s unstable political infrastructure, its worsening economy and growing violence among citizens.  

He said Suleiman had lost his appetite and dropped over 20 pounds.  Kamal told reporters he talked to Suleiman before his death and that his spirits were high. He added that Suleiman had originally gone to Germany for treatment of fluid in his lungs before traveling to Cleveland.

Zakaria-Moheiden filed a request for an investigation of Suleiman’s death to Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud.   The investigation went nowhere after Morsi’s election.  Egypt’s parliament was dissolved in 2012 and Zakaria-Mohodein died that same year.

The author is featured in the documentary, “Omar Suleiman: Dead or Killed.”

Eric Jonathan Brewer
Author, Investigative Journalist, Speaker, Politician, Consultant

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