Monday, December 06, 2010

Document of the Week: US State Department Cable Declares Saudi Arabia 'a critical source of terrorist funding'

This 2009 Wikileaks cable from US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was published by The Guardian (UK):
Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan. In contrast to its increasingly aggressive efforts to disrupt al-Qa'ida's access to funding from Saudi sources, Riyadh has taken only limited action to disrupt fundraising for the UN 1267-listed Taliban and LeT-groups that are also aligned with al-Qa'ida and focused on undermining stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan.