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.
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."