WikiLeaks to publish 500,000 classified Saudi documents

Published June 21st, 2015 - 01:00 GMT

Wikileaks said it will be publishing more than 500,000 classified documents from the Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministry in the coming weeks, with the first document dump Friday containing some 60,000 pieces of secret government information.

A press release on WikiLeaks said Friday it began publishing "The Saudi Cables," containing "secret communications from various Saudi embassies around the world." The group, led by Julian Assange, said it will release the documents in batches in the coming weeks.

"The publication includes 'top secret' reports from other Saudi state institutions, including the ministry of interior and the Kingdom's General Intelligence Services. The massive cache of data also contains a large number of email communications between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and foreign entities. The Saudi Cables are being published in tranches of tens of thousands of documents at a time over the coming weeks," the press release said.

The group said the documents came as a result of a May hack on the Saudi Foreign Ministry by the Yemeni Cyber Army. Among the documents, many written in Arabic, wasa letter from Osama bin Laden's son asking for a death certificate for his father following the US raid in Pakistan that left the al-Qaida leader dead. Consul General Glen Keiser wrote to Abdullah bin Laden in September 2011 saying he could not provide the document because no death certificate was issued as "consistent with the regular practice of individuals killed in the course of military operations."

In a separate document release, WikiLeaks said it released a new batch of Sony Corp. documents that revealed everything from travel calendars to expense reports. The 276,394 documents include information about "legal entanglements" and an investigation for bribery, WikiLeaks tweeted.

By Amy R. Connolly

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