Craig Whitlock, Ernesto Londono and Leila Fadel
February 10, 2011
CAIRO – President Hosni Mubarak appears poised to to cede power after 17 days of massive citizen demonstrations, with the Egyptian military saying Mubarak would “meet” protesters’ demands and the top U.S. intelligence official saying the longtime leader could step aside as soon as Thursday night.
About 6:30 p.m. in Cairo (11:30 a.m. in Washington), state television announced that Mubarak would address the nation that night.
Testifying in Washington before the House Intelligence Committee, CIA director Leon E. Panetta said, “There is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening, which would be significant in terms of where the hopefully orderly transition in Egypt takes place.”