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Aug-24-2015 18:25printcomments

Who Sent Saudi Documents to WikiLeaks?

Who stole the Saudi documents, and why?

Saudi cables
Image: Wikileaks

(SALEM, Ore.) - WikiLeaks' publishing of "The Saudi Cables" (https://wikileaks.org/saudi-cables/) - more than half a million top-secret documents from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry, has gained significant media attention in recent days.

The released documents, which expose Saudi involvement in regional affairs and also its hostile policies towards Iran and Syria, in addition to its allies, has triggered a wave of concern & uncertainty in different countries.

The most important question for readers is, who stole the Saudi documents and what is the purpose behind it?

The Saudi government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, formed a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. They have opened an investigation to identify those responsible for releasing classified documents from the Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry.

Analysts expressed very different views on leaked Saudi documents:

Although a group calling itself the 'Yemeni Cyber Army' claimed the hacking, it still doesn't identify who sent them Saudi documents? We should accept that leaking top-secret documents was done by individuals from the Saudi government and foreign ministry. A person or a group gave advanced access to the documents to the Yemeni Cyber Army.

The second possibility is attributable to those countries which show "hostility" toward Saudi Arabia - especially Iran, Syria and Iraq. WikiLeaks repeatedly released documents against these countries. This possibility is not feasible because Iran and Syria are not afraid to stand publicly against Riyadh.

A third possibility can be competitors of Saudi Arabia, particularly Qatar and Turkey. Qatar and Turkey are always ready for regional competition with Saudi Arabia so they are willing to spend a considerable amount of their political and financial resources to reach their goals.

The fourth possibility is Western and Israeli intelligence services, however the support of Saudi Arabia from each of these countries does not match with this possibility.

Russia and China is the fifth possibility. Betrayal of Saudi Arabia in oil prices coincided with EU's sanctions against Russia over Ukraine That crisis might make the Russians angry enough to take this action.

The sixth is likely to be combined with the prior possibilities. Power struggle in the house of Saud, and King Salman's unexpected relieving of Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, and also Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of their positions after four decades of service, could have led to members within the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family leaking documents, to put pressure on King Salman.

Top-secret documents may also have been leaked by the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia to remove competitors and usurp more power.

Saud al-Faisal's dismissal and his unexpected death after releasing documents, and death threats for Khalid al-Tuwaijri, Talal bin Abdul Aziz and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, indicate a bloody struggle for power within the Royal family.

Hence, this possibility with the death of al-Tuwaijri and other competitors of Muhammad bin Salman, will be much stronger than other possibilities.

Mohammed bin Salman killed two birds with one stone by releasing classified documents from the Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry. On one hand he would cover up his failure in Yemen and on the other hand he would pave the way for getting close to sitting on the Kingdom's throne.

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