A diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks shows that diplomats from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum, Sudan reported to their superiors that Iran was sending high-tech equipment – including fast centrifuges for enriching uranium – to Sudan.
The cable, dated February 21, 2012, and labelled “Top Secret” mentions two such shipments and asks officials in Riyadh to verify the authenticity of the information.
The short communique, which contains no further details as to the origin of the information, mentions only that the information was obtained from “sources within the embassy.”
The leaked cables were part of 60,000 documents that WikiLeaks revealed last week. The organization claims they are all official Saudi communications and says that they plan on releasing a total of 500,000 such documents.
No other reports of any sharing of nuclear technology by Iran with Sudan have surfaced. The cable's authenticity could not be independently verified.
The following is a translation of the communique:
Dated: February 21, 2012
Foreign Ministry – Riyadh
Sources within the embassy mentioned that Iranian containers have reached the airport of Khartoum this week containing sensitive technical equipment that included fast centrifuges for the purpose of enriching uranium. The second shipment [of this equipment] is expected to arrive this week. We are sending you this information for your verification. With the best regards.
The Embassy of Khartoum
Clarion Project's Arab Affairs Analyst Anwar el-Iraqi contributed to this report