In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, a Saudi man reads Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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Thousands of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal how Saudi Arabia apparently uses its deep pockets to buy international support, but the kingdom insists it is doing nothing out of the ordinary.The whistleblowing website has released about 70,000 documents it said were obtained from the Saudi foreign ministry, of more than half a million it says it received.The leaked cables, whose authenticity could not be confirmed by AFP, did reveal politicians and media organizations in Arab countries seeking cash in return for supporting Saudi policies.Another cable showed the Saudi ambassador in Lebanon in 2012 recommending financial support to a Lebanese Christian political leader Samir Geagea after he complained of money problems.The cables do offer some insight into the inner workings of the Saudi foreign ministry, in some cases having little to do with diplomacy."We do not know if there are more important cables that deal with sensitive issues, like relations between Gulf countries, or (Saudi) relations with Washington and Russia," he said.But diplomatic cables are unlikely to reveal any huge secrets, he said, given that it is the Saudi intelligence services and top figures in the royal court -- not the foreign ministry -- who handle the country's most sensitive affairs.
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