Wikileaks has released what are (apparently) records of the royals of Saudi Arabia have been spending lately, and the numbers are huge and all sorts of different things.
Now, the nation's Foreign Ministry would prefer that you don't believe these things, but Wikileaks released documents have proven to be true in the past, so I'm going to go ahead and post what I've seen so far (the documents are mostly in Arabic, so I can't read them myself.)
One memo claims that Gulf states were willing to pay $10 billion to secure the release of deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
"2009 invoice for an unpaid limousine bill racked up Princes Maha Al Ibrahim, who allegedly left Geneva after failing to pay the limousine company $1.4 million (£882,000)."
Side note: how do you spend that much through a limo company? Someone who has $$$, let me know.
One memo apparently sent from the Saudi embassy in Tehran mentions the "frustration of the Iranian citizen and his strong desire for regime change," and also suggests "hosting opposition figures overseas, coordinating with them and encouraging them to use galleries to show pictures of torture carried by the Iranian regime against the people."
Wikileaks editor had this to say of the release: "The Saudi Cables lift the lid on an increasingly erratic and secretive dictatorship that has not only celebrated its 100th beheading this year, but which has also become a menace to its neighbours and itself."
He's a brave man--continuing his work from the protection of an embassy in the UK, which he cannot leave or he may be taken in for various warrants against him.
I don't see these things as unbelievable at all considering past lavish spending by these same people (and in May their government did say their computers had been hacked), but I do think it's foolish of those reading these articles that assume this will cause an uprising. Most of the people working on Saudi Arabia are non-citizens, and do not believe they have any right to royal doings or money. It's a crazy world out there, and the conditions in Saudi Arabia are pretty complex.