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SaudiLeaks: no surprises but awkward moments for Riyadh

On 19 June, WikiLeaks began publishing more than half-a-million diplomatic cables and documents it says come from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Saudi embassies worldwide. Around 70,000 documents were released in the first tranche, with WikiLeaks promising that more – including some from the Ministry of Interior and the General Intelligence Directorate – would appear in tranches of tens of thousands at a time. While the Saudi government has warned that some documents are fabricated, it has not denied the authenticity of the trove as a whole; the head of MoFA’s information department Osama Bin Ahmed Nugali told Al Arabiya the documents showed “no contradiction to [the ministry’s] declared policies”.

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