WikiLeaks, [founded by Australian Julian Assange cyber-activist] has published 61,000 leaked documents (mails, e-mails and other digital communications) and it still reserves half a million secret documents.
WikiLeaks did not say how it had obtained the documents, but it is known that the Saudi government computer networks were hacked in May and that this intrusion has been claimed by the “Cyber Yemeni army.”
The documents were written and sent by a variety of people, among them, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior, to the Saudi Intel and Saudi embassies. They contain many secrets and come at a particularly difficult time for Riyadh which has to simultaneously manage its war against Yemen, its proxy war against Syria, escalating regional rivalry with Iran, and the problem increasingly posed by violent extremists “Islamic State” and al-Qaeda.
The world media has talked about the secret documents held by WikiLeaks, this greatly embarrasses the Kingdom, which has recommended that its citizens “ignore” this information. The regime claims that these documents are fraudulent and were probably forged by the Israelis or the Iranians to harm the country, and thus it is important not to read them…
It would undoubtedly be possible to falsify or forge a hundred documents, but half a million? Remember, when WikiLeaks published its previous set of documents, most of which were very embarrassing for the US and UK governments, the White House, or 10 Downing Street, they claimed that the documents were wrong and took legal action against Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, and forced him to take refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, in order not to be extradited to the United States, where severe punishment awaited him.
All of this is a “conspiracy” to tarnish Saudi Arabia? The answer is “yes” and it should not surprise Riyadh, which continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, leading to informational wars, and fomenting political machinations. It is therefore not surprising that someone, somewhere, decided to fight back.
Saudi Arabia is not an insignificant state, it is one of the most powerful and influential states in the Muslim world. It is characterized by a total lack of transparency, and thus its terror doubles when its secrets are exposed to the public. It is the world’s largest oil exporter, it houses the two most sacred sites of Islam and is the undisputed boss of OPEC, the Arab League, and the OIC.
It should be especially concerned with the ease with which its computers were hacked. One would have thought that the regime had installed any necessary cyber security after the first round of WikiLeaks revelations and the Edward Snowden affair.
Who knows, the hackers may have been helped by someone who knew the security procedures surrounding the digital infrastructure of the Kingdom. Recall that the Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, resigned there a few months after being in office for over 40 years.