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Reader comment on item: Pouring Cold Water on WikiLeaks

Submitted by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi (United Kingdom), Dec 14, 2010 at 10:44

Dr. Pipes:

In broad terms I agree with you that to get a better understanding of what policies Arab leaders have in mind one should be 'reading press releases and listening to speeches' rather than 'relying on diplomatic cables', but what point are you trying to make vis-à-vis the recent leak of diplomatic cables? Do you think that the leaders of Saudi Arabia et al. don't actually want to see an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, but rather wish for some other measures to contain the potential threat, if they see one at all?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

My point is this: the much more muted Saudi statements in public provide a better guide to their policies than their more assertive statements made in private to American diplomats.

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