Saudileaks: Docs Reveal Saudi Efforts to Stir Political Unrest in Iran
The Saudi embassy in Tehran in a letter had asked the kingdom’s officials to foment unrest in Iran by investing huge sums in social networks and media, showed one of the foreign ministry cables released by the Yemen Cyber Army after it hacked the Saudi Foreign Ministry in May.
The document shows that the Saudi ambassador in Tehran in a cable to Riyadh called for conducting measures to stir unrest in Iran and pave the way for changing the country’s political system.
The Saudi envoy also underlines in the cable that the problems of Iran’s political system should be highlighted through the media and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
The Saudi diplomat then calls for using the Persian and Arabic-language media and the Arab-speaking citizens of Southern and Western Iran for the same purpose.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Late in May, the Yemen Cyber Army released a portion of the information and documents that it had gained in its cyber attack on Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense Ministries.
The Yemen Cyber Army announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and would release thousands of these top secret documents.
The group claimed that it “has gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world”.
The hackers’ statement, which said the cyber army has also attacked the Saudi Interior and Defense ministries and vowed to release their details later, was carried by several globally known hackers websites.
Following the hack in May, the Yemen Cyber Army sent a copy of its information to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
“WikiLeaks released 60,000 documents on Friday and vowed to release the rest in coming weeks, but we plan to release the documents in separate news items since many of them contain the names of foreign nationals who have demanded visit to Saudi Arabia, for example for Hajj pilgrimage, and their names have been mentioned among the Saudi agents. Thus releasing the list of names and documents might hurt innocent individuals who have done nothing, but applied for visa at a Saudi embassy for doing Hajj pilgrimage,” FNA English Editor-in-Chief Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm said.
“The number of the documents is way beyond the 500,000 that has been announced by WikiLeaks, but they need to be checked first to make sure they do not contain misleading information and are not harmful to innocent people,” he added.