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    WikiLeaks to Reveal Over 500,000 Secret Saudi Documents

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    WikiLeaks whistleblower website began publishing nearly half a million classified diplomatic cables of Saudi government officials and additional Saudi Foreign Ministry's documents on Friday, in a trove it dubbed the Saudi Cables.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Saudi Cables lift the lid on an increasingly erratic and secretive dictatorship that has not only celebrated its 100th beheading this year, but which has also become a menace to its neighbors and itself, WikiLeaks quoted its founder, Julian Assange, as saying in a statement.

    Over 61,000 of the cables, which also include top secret reports from the Saudi Ministry of Interior and General Intelligence Services, have been released online so far.

    Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Riyadh for its human rights violations, highlighted by public beheadings and floggings, restrictions on freedom of expression and discrimination against women.

    WikiLeaks, founded by Assange in 2006, timed the publication of the Saudi Cables to coincide with the third anniversary of the day its founder entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, which has not left ever since. Assange, 43, has sought political asylum in fear of being extradited by Swedish authorities to the United States, where he faces espionage charges for leaking classified US documents.

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