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Leaked Tape Claims To Show Egypt’s Sisi Saying He Can See The Future

Memes and Freud jokes abound after an unverified tape claims to show Sisi saying he dreamt he would be president.

1. The Internet is abuzz after a bizarre and unverified recording of Egyptian General Abdel El Fattah El Sisi saying he can foresee the future in his dreams — including that he will one day become president — was leaked on Wednesday.

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

The recording, which has not been verified by any official source, was supposedly leaked from off-the-record comments Sisi gave during an official interview with the Egyptian daily newspaper, Al-Masry Al-Youm, in October. Rumors over the tape’s source abounded: some claimed it was false and a ploy, perhaps by the Muslim Brotherhood, to discredit Sisi; others speculated the government had orchestrated the leak to test public opinion of a Sisi presidency.

The claims, whether true or not, are outlandish. The speaker claims he can foresee future events through dreams and described three that allegedly allude to Sisi’s predestined presidency: 35 years ago he dreamed that he was holding a sword with the words, “There is no God but Allah,” while wearing an Omega watch adorned with a big green star. In another dream, he met the late President Anwar el-Sadat who told him he would be president. In a third unconscious incident, a voice proclaimed, “We will grant you what no one has had before.”

3. Many in Egypt weren’t sure what to make of it all.


Karl Sharro

@KarlreMarks

I wonder why I write satire when reality is weirder, here’s the translation of Sisi’s actual ‘dream’ interview: http://t.co/rFZIibS5HQ

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Richard Spencer

@RichardJSpencer

@pmdfoster meanwhile Egypt’s Gen Sisi allegedly says he was told to be president in a dream about an Omega watch. #couldntmakeitup

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5. Some thought his mentions of “raising a blood sword” and having a conversation with Sadat’s ghost were a little scary.


Wael Eskandar

@weskandar

After hearing the leaked interview with the Omega watch, for the first time I’m really scared of #Sisi

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#Sisi dreamt to be a president.. All what he wanted was an Omega watch.. Psychopath behind bloody coup http://t.co/uSfs52bj0d via @youtube

— mqazzaz (@Mona AlQazzaz)

Mona AlQazzaz

@mqazzaz

#Sisi dreamt to be a president.. All what he wanted was an Omega watch.. Psychopath behind bloody coup http://t.co/uSfs52bj0d via @youtube

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Sisi had a dream 35 years ago that one day he would be president of Egypt. Electoral observers declared the dream elections 'fair and free'.

— KarlreMarks (@Karl Sharro)

Karl Sharro

@KarlreMarks

Sisi had a dream 35 years ago that one day he would be president of Egypt. Electoral observers declared the dream elections ‘fair and free’.

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@seldeeb @hany2m @SameralAtrush "I am the Alpha and the Omega" Revelation 22:13. Sisi is quoting the bible, can someone please tell Ekhwan?

— Hassan_Massoud (@Hassan Massoud)

Hassan Massoud

@Hassan_Massoud

@seldeeb @hany2m @SameralAtrush “I am the Alpha and the Omega” Revelation 22:13. Sisi is quoting the bible, can someone please tell Ekhwan?

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Proud to wear an Omega like Sisi

— patelyas (@Patrick Elyas)

Patrick Elyas

@patelyas

Proud to wear an Omega like Sisi

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10. And of course, many wondered when the Omega/Sisi advertisement campaign would launch.

كل العبيد بتحبك ، كل العبيد (مجانين) طبعاً يا سيسي يا بختك ، ساعتك جايبها منين

— Ma7moudH (@مصرى و أبويا مصرى Ⓜ)

مصرى و أبويا مصرى Ⓜ

@Ma7moudH

كل العبيد بتحبك ، كل العبيد (مجانين) طبعاً يا سيسي يا بختك ، ساعتك جايبها منين

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A suggestion for the Sisi 007 Omega ad (clearly I have no real work to do today)

— glcarlstrom (@Gregg Carlstrom)

Gregg Carlstrom

@glcarlstrom

A suggestion for the Sisi 007 Omega ad (clearly I have no real work to do today)

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12. Time will tell whether the presidency vision will come true. But a series of memes under Arabic hashtags meaning #SisiDreams and #SisiLeaks harshly mocked the General. Here “Omega” is deconstructed to mean “Sisi is really stupid.”

#اوميجا تفسير حلم السيسى .

— OmarNj_01 (@عمر النجار)

عمر النجار

@OmarNj_01

#اوميجا تفسير حلم السيسى .

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13. Others wondered whether Sisi had the crazy dreams because he was not properly covered up while he sleeps, per Egyptian lore. Here Sisi recounts that Sadat told him he would be president. Sadat responds that he should cover up well before he sleeps.

#غطيها #تسريبات_السيسي #السيسي_ليكس #سيسي_أوميجا

— Passant_AbouAli (@Passant Abou Ali)

Passant Abou Ali

@Passant_AbouAli

#غطيها #تسريبات_السيسي #السيسي_ليكس #سيسي_أوميجا

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14. Another meme advises: “Yes, cover him well like this and he won’t dream again. #Sisi’s_Dreams.”

أيوة كدا غطوه كويس عشان ميحلمش تاني #أحلام_السيسي

— 7amza111998 (@7amza ElR4b3awi)

7amza ElR4b3awi

@7amza111998

أيوة كدا غطوه كويس عشان ميحلمش تاني #أحلام_السيسي

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15. Here is Freud telling Sisi: “An Omega watch in the dream means victory.”

وفرحة كبيرة واحتمال تتكسي #اوميجا

— AmiraNassar25 (@Amira Nassar)

Amira Nassar

@AmiraNassar25

وفرحة كبيرة واحتمال تتكسي #اوميجا

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16. Here, Sisi’s Omega watch boasts a green Star of David adorned with Hebrew letters…

:D وساعة عليها نجمة خضرا كيبرة يا سيسي #اوميجا

— doontb (@tofa7a)

tofa7a

@doontb

:D وساعة عليها نجمة خضرا كيبرة يا سيسي #اوميجا

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17. Here is Sisi photoshopped as the Pope with the sword from his dream. Earlier this week Sisi supporters were appalled when the General didn’t make TIME Magazine’s official person of the year list after winning the online reader’s choice poll.

اوميجا فرانسيس #منامات_السيسي

— Amani207 (@Amani Mahgoub)

Amani Mahgoub

@Amani207

اوميجا فرانسيس #منامات_السيسي

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18. “Time Magainze changed their mind… and put Sisi as man of the year.”

#منامات_السيسي مجلة التايم تغير رأيها .. وتمسي السيسي رجل العام

— anti_secular (@anti_secular)

anti_secular

@anti_secular

#منامات_السيسي مجلة التايم تغير رأيها .. وتمسي السيسي رجل العام

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