Trouble in the House of Saud?
The Washington Post reports that Saudi ambassador Turki al-Faisal has abruptly left the United States and ended his 15-month tenure at the embassy. He left so quickly and with so little notice that none of the niceties of diplomatic protocol could be observed â and with no explanation offered:
Until this article from MEMRI was published to shed some light on the Kingdom.....
The weekly magazine of the Algerian daily El-Khabar recently published an interview with Mash'al Al-Mutairi, a Saudi oppositionist whom the magazine described as a former director of Saudi intelligence who left Saudi Arabia and today resides in The Netherlands. Al-Mutairi exposes the significant influence of the Saudi Interior Ministry, and discusses attempts by King 'Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan to prevent the possibility of Interior Minister Prince Na'if's someday becoming king.
The following are excerpts from the article:
The Interior Ministry Wiretaps the Phones, Even in the King's Office
El-Khabar: "In your opinion, what is the most influential security force in Saudi Arabia?"
Mash'al Al-Mutairi: "Without a doubt, that would be the Interior Ministry