Last week, as political upheaval raged on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, WikiLeaks announced via Twitter it was going to release a trove of new cables from Egypt. Over the weekend, it subsequently released more than 50 secret government cables, describing the delicate relationship between the US and Egypt, while painting a graphic picture of oppressive controls employed under President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Dr Ben MacQueen, an lecturer on Middle Eastern politics at Monash University, says that, while the reams of US government cables may not have revealed anything new about the Mubarak regime, they do confirm some of the concerns held by people in Egypt.