Former Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi received over half a billion dollars from the Saudi government 13 days after the fall of Mosul city by the ISIL in 2014, according to one of the documents gained and released by the Yemen Cyber Army after its May hacking of the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May, and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
One of the documents released by the YCA showed a letter written by Director General of the Saudi Interior Ministry Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Nujaifi saying that Riyadh had deposited $575mln to a Turkish bank 13 days after Mosul’s fall on June 10, 2014.
“We hope that you will not withdraw money from the account before announcing your preparedness to implement what has been agreed between us so that the percentages of money for any of certain figures specified in our agreement will be divided,” the letter added.
At the time when Mosul fell in the hands of the ISIL, Nujaifi, who is the brother of Atheel al-Nujaifi, Nineveh’s governor, claimed that Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts in Mosul when the ISIL attacks began.
The former top legislator said that he was mobilizing popular committees to rid the city of ISIL and terror groups.
“We’ve introduced practical steps to try to bring back a new system in Nineveh, by mobilizing people in popular committees to try to win back Mosul,” he added in a promise that was never materialized.
Late in May, the Yemen Cyber Army released a portion of the information and documents that it had gained in its recent cyber attack on Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense Ministries.
The Yemen Cyber Army announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and would release thousands of these top secret documents.
The group claimed that it “has gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world”.
The hackers’ statement, which said the cyber army has also attacked the Saudi Interior and Defense ministries and vowed to release their details later, was carried by several globally known hackers websites.
Following the hack in May, the Yemen Cyber Army sent a copy of its information to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
“WikiLeaks released over 60,000 documents on Friday and vowed to release the rest in coming weeks, but we plan to release the documents in separate news items since many of them contain the names of foreign nationals who have demanded visit to Saudi Arabia, for example for Hajj pilgrimage, and their names have been mentioned among the Saudi agents. Thus releasing the list of names and documents might hurt innocent individuals who have done nothing, but applied for visa at a Saudi embassy for doing Hajj pilgrimage,” FNA English Editor-in-Chief Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm said.
“The number of the documents is way beyond the 500,000 that has been announced by WikiLeaks, but they need to be checked first to make sure that they do not contain misleading information and are not harmful to innocent people,” he added.