Saudi Arabia releases popular blogger

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A friend of Saudi Arabia's most popular blogger says authorities have released the writer months after arresting him without charge.

Fouad al-Farhan is one of the few Saudi bloggers who uses his real name. His blog discusses freedom, justice, equality and Islamic values -- frequently touching on subjects that are sensitive or taboo in Saudi society. After his arrest, a letter was posted on his Web site saying Saudi authorities were after him for writing about political prisoners.

Ahmad al-Omran, al-Farhan's friend said Saturday he learned of the release through a text message sent to his mobile phone by al-Farhan's wife.