Saudi secret service ‘riddled’ with…

Saudi secret service ‘riddled’ with al-Qa’ida

Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agencies are so infiltrated by al-Qa’ida sympathisers that the kingdom’s counter-terrorist campaign is failing and militant operations are spreading into neighbouring states, senior Arab and Western officials have warned.

“Their staff is 80 per cent sympathetic to al-Qa’ida,” one senior Arab source said.

Maybe it’s not accidental. Or, consider the Saudi Royal Family, which has something like 15,000 princes, of whom a few hundred are players, and a dozen or two really matter, and controls billions of dollars, with members who have political sympathies ranging from supporting Dubya to funding bin Laden, and I doubt any outsider could figure out what’s happening inside it. Because, of course, there is no central focus or plan, because, with something that size, how could there be?