Saudi Defense Minister Meets with Blinken in Washington

The Saudi Minister of Defense has met with the US Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington. SPA
The Saudi Minister of Defense has met with the US Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington. SPA
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Saudi Defense Minister Meets with Blinken in Washington

The Saudi Minister of Defense has met with the US Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington. SPA
The Saudi Minister of Defense has met with the US Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington. SPA

The Saudi Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, has met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington.

Upon arriving at the Department of State on Wednesday, Prince Khalid wrote down a statement in the official visitors' book.

During the meeting, both ministers reviewed the close strategic relations between the two nations and explored ways to enhance them. They also discussed joint efforts and coordination aimed at de-escalating the situation in the region.

Moreover, they discussed areas of cooperation between their friendly countries, contributing to their shared vision of supporting regional and international security and stability.

Attending the meeting from the Saudi side were Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ambassador to the US; Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Hussein Al-Bayari; the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber; and the Director General of the Defense Minister's Office, Hisham bin Abdulaziz bin Saif.

From the US side, the meeting was attended by the National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk; US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Henry Wooster; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs Daniel Benaim; and the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of State, Tom Sullivan.



Kuwait Court Drops Case Against Notorious Pentagon Hacker

Palace of Justice in Kuwait
Palace of Justice in Kuwait
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Kuwait Court Drops Case Against Notorious Pentagon Hacker

Palace of Justice in Kuwait
Palace of Justice in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti Court of Cassation upheld on Sunday the dismissal of criminal charges against a notorious Kuwaiti hacker who had infiltrated hundreds of websites around the world, including the US Department of Defense’s (Pentagon) website.
The Court of Cassation, the highest judicial authority, affirmed a previous ruling by the Court of Appeals that the 28-year-old defendant could not be prosecuted for the allegations in this case, which occurred 10 years ago.
The accused faced criminal charges related to his hacking of the US Department of Defense website, accessing sensitive weapon sites, and infiltrating 200 American websites, with the information being published in 2011.
On October 9, 2023, the Criminal Court dropped the criminal case against the hacker accused of breaking into global websites, including the Pentagon’s website.
The court’s decision to drop the charges against the hacker was based on the principle that the accused could not be tried for accusations committed over 10 years ago, as the acts were carried out from 2010 to 2012.
The charge of endangering Kuwait’s potential to sever relations by hacking the US Department of Defense website was also dismissed.
The prosecution had accused the defendant of hacking more than 200 sites, some of which contained confidential information belonging to the US.
The hacker was also accused of deceitfully appropriating money through fraud by marketing his website post-hack to attract victims to subscribe and browse the website.