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Wikileaks Releases Info On Gay Men In Saudi Arabia — Where Homosexuality Is Punishable By Death

by Derek de Koff August 23, 2016

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabian prosecutors made a serious push to make demonstrating homosexuality in public or on social media punishable by death.

Related: If Killer Saudi Prince Al Saud Isn’t gay, He Certainly Liked Half-Naked Men Parading Around His Hotel Room

To this day, those found guilty of sodomy run the risk of being sentenced to years of imprisonment, stiff fines, corporal punishment in the form of beatings, floggings, and lashings, and, in the most extreme cases, public execution.

Related: The Saudi Arabian Punishment for Acting Faggy Online? 1 Year In Jail + 1,000 Lashes

A man was arrested in March simply for raising a rainbow flag outside his home. There have been roughly “50 cases of cross-dressers” and “35 cases of homosexuality” in Saudi Arabia in the last eight or nine months, according to The Daily Express and Saudi newspaper Okaz

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In 2014, a Saudi Arabian man who tried to find dates on Twitter was sentenced to three years of detention and 450 lashes for “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.”

Related: Saudi Prince Accused Of Forcing Maids To Watch As He Was “Stroked” By Young Male Aide

That’s why notorious whistleblowing organization Wikileaks is coming under considerable fire for their most recent data dump, which exposes the personal details of thousands of Saudi people, including rape victims, people with HIV, men convicted of gay sex, and men detained for “sexual deviation.” Much of the information is highly sensitive, including details of cases where men were either tortured or sexually abused by their employers.

Related: U.S. Denies Asylum To Gay Saudi Diplomat Who Claims He’s Facing Execution

Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange had this to say about the dump:

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 neighbors and itself.”

Related: Saudi Police Arrest Journalist For Wearing Makeup, Heading To “Homosexual Party”

“They published everything,” a Saudi man told The Associated Press, traumatized by the fact that Wikileaks decided to reveal deeply personal information about a paternity dispute. “My phone, address, name, details. If the family of my wife saw this … Publishing personal stuff like that could destroy people.”

Related: “No Homo”: These #DNCLeaks Are Utterly Absurd And Surprisingly Gay

Social justice warriors quickly took to social media to voice their outrage:


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