The WikiLeaks media group began publishing on Saturday some of what it said were over 500,000 secret diplomatic documents the Saudi government sent, which could expose in detail the relations the kingdom has with Israel and Iran.
The site has released thus far 60,000 cables, with the majority in Arabic. If these documents are in fact authentic, they could provide a rare look into the conservative monarchy’s internal workings, which is one of the world’s strictest dictatorships.
A document that was from 2012 was released Saturday and reveals that there was skepticism amongst the Saudis about the nuclear talks with the world powers and Iran.
A cable that was from the Saudi embassy located in Tehran to the Riyadh Foreign Ministry called messages by Americans as flirtatious to Iran that were sent through a Turkish mediator who was unidentified.
Another message during 2012, sent from Saudi Arabia’s Abu Dhabi embassy stated the UAE were applying strong pressure on the new government of Egypt to refrain from prosecuting Hosni Mubarak the ousted president.
In one cable dated August 14, 2008 that was marked extremely urgent and classified, the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia warned its embassy located in Washington that dozens of Saudi and other Gulf nations students visited the Israeli embassy located in Washington as part of a program for international leadership.
The message said the students listened to embassy employees briefings, asked their questions and pictures were taken. The Foreign Ministry from Saudi Arabia asked its U.S. embassy to prepare a report on that matter quickly.
While no one is clear on how the documents were obtained by WikiLeaks, the site referred to a recent cyber attack that targeted the Foreign Ministry in Saudi by a group that calls itself Yemen Cyber Army.
The documents that were released were declared by WikiLeaks to be released to mark the third anniversary that its founder Julian Assange had escaped to the Ecuador embassy in London. He continues to take asylum there to avoid Swedish extradition.
Saudi handled the leaks by trying to keep its citizens from being able to read them. The Foreign Ministry in Saudi used Twitter Friday to warn its citizens not to go on the Internet and read the documents, saying that the information might be false and could be hurtful to the motherland.