Wikileaks has struck again; this time, they have revealed a U.S. government cable sent from the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to the U.S. Treasury office that specifically alluded to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s substantial financial donations to international terrorist groups fighting the U.S. Armed Forces.
According to an introductory cable that discussed Saudi Arabia’s background:
“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
Secretary of State Clinton followed this statement up with the following:
“Continued senior level USG engagement is needed to build-on initial efforts and encourage the Saudi government to take more steps to stem the flow of funds from Saudi Arabia-backed sources to terrorists and extremists worldwide.”
Saudi officials have constantly insisted that their intelligence agencies are working rigorously to combat terrorism in the country and around the world; however, the recent rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has led many to question where this terrorist group’s funds are coming from and who is responsible.
Secretary of State Clinton illuminated the importance of Saudi Arabia’s assistance to these terrorist groups, including their monetary reliance on these financial donors:
“Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT, other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources.”
Contradicting what the Saudi officials attest, Secretary of State Clinton stated that the Saudi Government has taken only “limited action” to combat terrorism abroad:
“Riyadh has taken only limited action to disrupt fundraising for the UN 1267-listed Taliban and LeT groups that are also aligned with Al-Qaeda and focused on undermining stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Clinton affirms Saudi Arabia’s reluctance to combat terrorism outside of their country and their deliberate intentions to undermine the U.S.’ attempts to stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Hillary Clinton has begun her campaign to win the presidential candidate seat for the Democrats – she has not commented on these cables.