Since October 3, the anonymous Twitter account “Chris Coleman” has been leaking hundreds of classified documents relating to Moroccan diplomats, secret service, and top government officials such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezzouar. Dubbed “Morocco’s Wikileaks,” the Moroccan magazine Telquel examined why the scandal has been ignored by national and international media outlets alike. It noted the contrast between this cool reception and the shock waves following the Wikileaks publication of U.S. State Department cables in 2010, which sparked public debates on government transparency.
With 3,200 followers to date, the “Chris Coleman” Twitter account has periodically posted documents going as far back as 2008 and as recently as October 2, 2014. These materials include information on Morocco’s diplomatic strategies on the Western Sahara question, its lobbying efforts in Washington D.C., and its cooperation with various international think tanks. Documents about foreign exploitation of natural resources in the occupied Western Sahara have also been released.
The materials feature various scandalous incidents that have yet to be verified or investigated. These include a letter from Mezzouar to his French counterpart, Laurant Fabius, asking for help in securing a job for his daughter at the French branch of the consulting firm, McKinsey. Mezzouar has strongly denied making this request.
As part of the document dump, “Chris Coleman”has targeted the DGED (Moroccan secret service). As reported by Telquel, Coleman accused the DGED of “collaborating with Israeli intelligence. A delegation from Mossad allegedly came to Morocco at the invitation of DGED. As proof, Coleman was content to publish two copies of Israeli passports on which appears no trace of a visit to Morocco.”
So far, government reaction to the leaks has been negligible, most likely to ensure the issue does not gain media traction. However, one foreign ministry official placed responsibility for the leaks with “Pro-Polisario elements,” referring to the Western Sahara’s pro-independence movement supported by Algeria.