Four highlights of the Saudi WikiLeaks

Published June 22nd, 2015 - 06:56 GMT
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz took over the throne in April. (AFP/File)
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz took over the throne in April. (AFP/File)

Excitement from WikiLeaks' release of 60,000 documents on Friday, allegedly from the Saudi Foreign Ministry, quickly died down when we realized it wasn't too groundbreaking.

It's difficult to sift through thousands of leaked unverified reports (only some have been confirmed), especially ones that are often incomplete. So here are some quick highlights people have found so far.

1. Saudi Arabia feels threatened by media. Reports say the country referred to "hostile" media several times in the documents. The kingdom even paid hundreds of subscriptions to publications in Damascus, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Jordan and Mauritania to earn favorable news coverage, The Guardian reported.  

2. Gulf states were willing to pay $10 billion to secure the freedom of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak when the Muslim Brotherhood was about to send him to prison, according to The New York Times.

3. Saudi Arabia has a vested interest in keeping some questionable nations happy, like Russia (alluding to possible ties to Syria). To no one's surprise, diplomatic relations also often focus on the kingdom's efforts to fight Iranian influence.

4. The Saudi king rules and no one else. Documents showed even princes needed approval for even minor decisions.


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