A security aide of then-US president George W. Bush raised concerns over Muhammad Amin Waly in a private meeting with Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, in Jeddah in 2007, the secret cable showed.
“In a following private meeting… (Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Terrorism) Townsend raised US concerns with the potential involvement of the Saudi ambassador… in terrorism facilitation,” it said.
Francis Townsend cited Waly’s intervention to secure the release of two members of an Islamic charity detained in the Philippines, the cable showed.
The group was suspected of funnelling funds to Al-Qaeda-linked groups based in the southern Philippines.
“Prince Saud said some of his actions may have involved bad judgement rather than intentional support for terrorism,” said the missive from the US embassy in Riyadh.
“Waly had been investigated, he said, and no evidence was found regarding his involvement.”