Kelli Arena:

… When NDI’s offices were raided, Becker refused to seek refuge at the American Embassy. Concerned for his safety, I spoke with him at the time about his decision. He explained that his Egyptian colleagues didn’t have an embassy to run to, and he wouldn’t leave them to fend for themselves. I spoke to him again after NDI’s Egyptian staff appeared in court for the first time, caged like animals. Becker had not appeared, nor did any other foreigners. I could tell by his reaction then that he was poised for a fight. I am not suggesting that the Americans who left are not courageous, it’s just that they chose to handle the situation differently. Most people who know Becker are not surprised he took a different, and independent path…