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Saudi Prince Wants Penalties Over WikiLeaks, Arab News Reports

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi ambassador to the U.S., urged that the people who made U.S. diplomatic cables available to WikiLeaks.org be punished rigorously, Arab News reported, citing a speech.

The leaking of the documents poses a serious breach of trust and security compromising the credibility of U.S. diplomats, the Jeddah-based newspaper cited Prince Turki as saying.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed frustration at the reluctance of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to cut funding for Islamic extremists, according to a classified memo obtained by WikiLeaks and published yesterday by the New York Times and Guardian newspapers.

Saudi Arabia questioned the authenticity of the cables, some of which show it as urging the U.S. to attack Iran, according to Osama Nugali, the spokesman for the foreign ministry, on Nov. 30.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at gcarey8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net.

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