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Saudi Arabia Urged U.S. Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program: WikiLeaks
Among the 250,000 documents transmitted to five international media outlets by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks were those which revealed that the Saudi Arabian king has consistently urged the U.S. to attack Iran’s nuclear program.Great Britain’s Guardian newspaper, which received advanced entrée to the documents along with the Le Monde of France, Der Spiegel of Germany El Pais in Spain, reported that King Abdullah “frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program.”Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, quotes the king as saying, “Cut off the head of the snake,” during a meeting with General David Petraeus in April 2008.The U.S. government has condemned the release of the WikiLeaks documents. “To be clear – such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs stated.