WikiLeaks says its leaking over 500000 Saudi documents

first_imgIf genuine, the documents would offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the notoriously opaque kingdom. They might also shed light on Riyadh’s longstanding regional rivalry with Iran, its support for Syrian rebels and Egypt’s military-backed government, and its opposition to an emerging international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.One of the documents, dated to 2012, appears to highlight Saudi Arabia’s well-known skepticism about the Iranian nuclear talks. A message from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran to the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh describes “flirting American messages” being carried to Iran via an unnamed Turkish mediator.Another 2012 missive, this time sent from the Saudi Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said the United Arab Emirates was putting “heavy pressure” on the Egyptian government not to try former president Hosni Mubarak, who had been overthrown in a popular uprising the year before.Some of the concerns appear specific to Saudi Arabia.In an Aug. 14, 2008 message marked “classified and very urgent,” the Foreign Ministry wrote to the Saudi Embassy in Washington to warn that dozens of students from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries had visited the Israeli Embassy in the U.S. capital as part of an international leadership program. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories “As a matter of policy we’re not going to discuss the source of the material,” he said.The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not immediately return repeated messages seeking comment.In its statement, WikiLeaks said the release coincided with the three-year anniversary of its founder, Julian Assange, seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.Assange took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about alleged sex crimes. Assange has denied any wrongdoing.___Michael reported from Cairo. Associated Press writer Hamza Hendawi in Beirut contributed to this report.___Online:WikiLeaks’ Saudi Cables site: https://wikileaks.org/saudi-cables/___Raphael Satter can be reached at: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG1144.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more