Jane Harman

Egyptian reporter's journey from think tank to jail cell

Long-time national security reporter Ismail Alexandrani took every precaution he could think of when he returned to Egypt after nearly a year of self-imposed exile abroad, which included a stint at the prestigious Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

To avoid arrest for his work documenting Egypt's secret war in the Sinai, he didn't alert his wife he was coming home, he wiped his hard drive clean and he flew an unconventional route from Istanbul to Berlin and then onto a small airport in the tourist town of Hurghada, hoping not to attract the attention of authorities.

But on his way through the security line at the airport, an officer asked...

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