A former Egyptian government minister says the Muslim Brotherhood is using the deep web to raise funds for operations in the U.S. and possibly to purchase weapons. That’s according to the Egyptian weekly el-Fagr, which interviewed (Arabic link) former deputy interior minister Mohammad Nour el-Din.
El-Din said the Brotherhood uses those parts of the internet that don’t appear in search engines (Google, etc.) to fundraise. Much of this effort is via Bitcoin, a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system.
The former minister, who is a security expert, suggested the organization could well be purchasing rockets and mortars and hiring mercenaries via the deep web as well.
The newspaper item says the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to establish “a new Islamist front in the U.S.” and elsewhere but currently lacks sufficient funding. This is despite recent reports of the large sums of money transferred to the Brotherhood, particularly from Qatar and Turkey.