Saudi Arabia warns citizens against sharing 'faked' documents after Wikileaks release

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Saudi Arabia warns citizens against sharing 'faked' documents after Wikileaks release | Politics | World

Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged its citizens not to distribute "documents that might be faked" in an apparent response to WikiLeaks' publication on Friday of more than 60,000 documents it says are secret Saudi diplomatic communications.

The statement, made by the Foreign Ministry on its Twitter account, did not directly deny the documents' authenticity.

But on Sunday, foreign ministry spokesperson Osama Naqli warned the country not to “allow enemies of the state to achieve their intentions in regards to exchanging or publishing any documents” and said “many of them had been fabricated in a very obvious manner”.

Naqli said investigations were under way and that the ministry would prosecute those involved, a statement on the Saudi news agency said.

The released documents, which WikiLeaks said were embassy communications, emails between diplomats and reports from other state bodies, include discussions of Saudi Arabia's position regarding regional issues and efforts to influence media.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the authenticity of the released documents.

The world's top oil exporter, an absolute monarchy, is highly sensitive to public criticism and has imprisoned activists for publishing attacks on the ruling Al Saud dynasty and senior clerics. It maintains tight control over media.

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, Saudi authorities have grown increasingly intolerant of dissent, apparently fearful that the instability sweeping neighboring countries will in turn hit the conservative Islamic kingdom.

WikiLeaks said the released documents were a batch of more than half a million Saudi documents it has obtained and plans to publish.

WikiLeaks did not say where it obtained the documents, but it referred in a press release to Riyadh's statement in May that it had suffered a breach of its computer networks, an attack later claimed by a group calling itself the Yemeni Cyber Army.

Saudi state and private media on Saturday ignored the release.
 
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The question is the time of release .It was after the visit of Saudi Minister of Defense to Russia .“¡¡“
 
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There's another article I read which suggested that following the publication of the leaked documents, the U.S would have to review their relationship with Saudi Arabia. A reaction to Saudi Arabia's new alliance with Russia? A friend of our enemy might not be our friend sort of logic?
 
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It's Ramadan, the documents are all in Arabic, and the vast majority of them are extremely dull bureaucratic minutiae.

So who exactly is going to be going through these millions of files, 60,000 plus at a time, to find the shocking material that may or may not even be in them?

Quite possibly nobody, which is why I think this particular leak isn't going to have any tangible effect on anything. I is just WikiLeaks trying desperately to prove they are still alive, kicking and relevant to world politics. When they probably aren't. Or at least a shit-ton of Arabic electricity bills and pizza orders (or the equivalent) isn't good evidence one way or the other.
 
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There's another article I read which suggested that following the publication of the leaked documents, the U.S would have to review their relationship with Saudi Arabia. A reaction to Saudi Arabia's new alliance with Russia? A friend of our enemy might not be our friend sort of logic?
The visit to Russia was for the peaceful nuclear reactors contract and may include arms deals. As you know, we got stuck in arms race with our bad neighbors. |0|

For an alliance, still there is a gap between the Russians and the Saudis. Russians policy in Syria ,Yemen and with Iran as well is not helping. On the other side, the U.S two-sided policy is not promising. Saudis along with GCC have no choice to protect their security except silencing Iran by the force without thinking of what the world or the UN will say. Because either U.S can't stop Iran's nuclear program and its bullshit or U.S want that to happen. I see the move to Russia is to achieve some independence for the Saudis and GCC ,so they can manage their matters without need for U.S intervention. The media is showing the visit as if it's for plotting against U.S and I don't blame them because they've millions of fans :D ,but here we say NO , politically that visit won't cut +70 years of relations. Military, 80% (or more) of our military equipment from U.S . Economically,the oil still linked with the $ . ~^~
 
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