Two Americans arrested in Syria, intimately connected to protests taking place in Syria and coincidentally, or not, Egypt.
One an Egyptian with dual US citizenship- (fresh from Tahrir square perhaps?)
From this article we have an identity- Mohamed Radwan
An Egyptian carrying a United States passport, who had been working in Syria after a secret visit to Israel.
The man said on camera that he had "received foreign money for transmitting images and videos about Syria".
He said he had been contacted by a Colombian national and had received 100 Egyptian pounds (17 dollars, 12 euros) for each photo sent, and more per video.
He added that he had received "e-mails sent from abroad asking if it was possible to transmit video on the (situation) in Syria", where unprecedented protests against the regime have been spreading across the country since March 15.
He further stated he had travelled to Israel via Jordan, visiting Jerusalem before returning to Syria.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Sunday requested the Syrian authorities to allow one of its diplomats to attend investigations into, an Egyptian citizen accused in Damascus of spying for Israel.
“We want to make sure the investigation grants Radwan his full rights,” said Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdel Hakam.
Abdel Hakam said Radwan, who also holds American nationality, had for the past nine months been working in Damascus as director of Petrographics, a petroleum services company that has branches in several Arab countries. (Under cover of a petroleum services company, interesting?)
Syrian authorities said Radwan confessed to receiving money from Israel in return for pictures and video on Syria.This article identifies Mohamed Rodwan as a blogger from Egypt "Syria accuses Egyptian blogger of spying for Israel"
So is Rodwan a blogger, a journalist or does he work for Petrographics??
Then we have an exchange student, Pathik “Tik” Root, who was allegedly studying Arabic in Egypt ,but is said to have left for Syria, when the protests in Egypt made it unsafe to continue his studies- Why wouldn't he just go home?
"Root, an exchange student who left his school in Alexandria, Egypt, after protests in January made it unsafe to stay, moved to Syria this month to continue studying Arabic"
Curious, do they not teach foreign languages at American Universities? Why did he go from Egypt to Syria? Couldn't he learn Arabic in ..... Saudia Arabia or Jordan? Just wondering?
A cousin of Mr. Radwan told The A.P. that she last heard from him last week when he sent a Twitter message from a mosque in Damascus where Syrian security forces were battling protesters.
I must say these two fellows are in all the right places, at all the right times.......
For related info on the Syrian uprising please see this and this