Wikileaks Releases “Syria Files,” Embarrassing to West and Assad

Wikileaks has started publishing a huge trove of over two million emails belonging to Syrian political figures, ministries, and associated companies from August 2006 to March 2012. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — currently seeking asylum in the Ecuadoran embassy in London while under an order to be extradited to Sweden where he is to face police questioning about the sexual assault of two women in August of 2010 — said about the latest release of documents:

The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.

The Syrian government has indeed already been embarrassed when, in March, hackers released a number of emails that showed (among some other less than flattering information) the musical preferences of President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad’s absorbing interest in luxury shopping for furniture, shoes and jewelry via the internet, even as thousands of Syrians were without food, water, medical supplies or electricity and, in places like the central city of Homs, under siege by government forces.

The first batch of emails published by Wikileaks makes reference to an Italian firm, Finmeccanica and its subsidiary Selex, which has reportedly sold surveillance technology and training to Syria until 2012. CNET says that a total of 2,434,899 emails (many in Russian or Arabic), with 678,752 different email addresses sent to 1,082,447 recipients are included in the database. They will be released over two months.

But the Guardian notes that Syrian activists have expressed frustration at the slow rate at which the documents are being released and are “underwhelmed.”

Syrian Forces Shell Damascus Suburb

Hopes for a diplomatic solution to the crisis seem only to ebb into the background. At a press conference today in Damascus, General Robert Mood, the head of the United Nations Observer Mission, said that, as there is no longer a ceasefire to observe, his monitors will be consolidated to fewer areas. This announcement is in contradiction to one made yesterday, that the observer mission would only resume if the violence in the country lessens.

The bloody crackdown continues in Syria, seemingly with no end in sight. Many of the residents of the Damascus suburb of Douma have fled; Syrian artillery are said to be “pounding” it. Activists said that 11 people, including a six-year-old girl and an elderly man, were killed. New images of some areas including the battered and besieged city of Homs show parts reduced to rubble.

According to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Assad is accusing foreign governments of financing the uprising by paying protesters, who are (said Assad in an interview) now being paid $50 after initially receiving $10.

Bodies of Turkish Pilots Found

An American deep-sea exploration vessel under Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985, has found the bodies of two Turkish pilots, Gokhan Ertan and Hasan Huseyin Aksoy, whose plane was shot down by Syria on June 22. Turkey has also accused Syrian forces of deliberately setting forest fires on its borders and in areas where rebel forces have taken refuge.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is claiming that three senior Syrian officers were assassinated last night. As with so many details throughout the sixteen months of the uprising, it is impossible to substantiate such claims.

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Photo by Freedom House


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Thanks for letting us know what's going on.

Arlette Hunnakko
Arlette H5 years ago

It is so difficult to judge and know what is actually going on in these countries and why. The news is so skewed with biases for their own political gain. Usually, there is a religious component that is totally ignored since the secular west has no clue that it is important. I wish there could be some integrity in reporting, if that is possible, since most of the time the people in the thick of it don't even know what is really going on.

Also, I wish many countries would grow up and take care of their own problems...that's what we teach our children to do.

Rob and Jay B.
Jay S5 years ago

Care2 always takes the side of the 'rebels' but never tells who those 'rebels' really are. Assad is a dictator, no one argues that, but the 25% of the population belonging to religious minorities (Druze, Alawites & Christians) have fared quite well under this family dynasty since the Assads themselves are Alawites, an very ancient religion related to the ancient Cult of Angels which under Islam's oppressive rule has pretended to be an Islamic sect, while keeping their worship rites secret.

The 'rebels' are backed by the Muslim Brotherhood (which expressed in its US branch that their goal is 'to destroy western civilization' & force us all under barbaric Sharia law), al-Qaeda & the hateful, primitive, repressive Saudis, who are always directing US actions around the region, & have been for some time (the Bush family has made billions from fees for pimping/lobbying for this brutal bunch for years & Obama has bent over backward to do their bidding).

Christian leaders from Syria went to DC to plead with Obama to stop the rebels who are set to ethnically cleanse all non-Sunnis from Syria, just as they are doing in all the other 'Arab Spring' new Islamist states, which Care2 has carefully never mentioned either. Obama refused to even meet with this leaders on advice from his Muslim Bro. WH 'advisor'. Russia is right on this one.

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Bashar al-Assad is having his own people killed in defiance of the world at large. Does anyone really believe some embarassing e-mails will turn the tide or make any difference?

devon leonard
Devon Leonard5 years ago

I also hope these leaks will illuminate the true agendas of all the players in Syria today.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

go Wikileaks!

Lynn ManyFires
Lynn ManyFires5 years ago

President Bashar al-Assad..and all your forces...for the sake of your People and for your Country...STEP DOWN!

eusebio vestias
Eusebio vestias5 years ago

Todos nós gostavamos de saber a verdade dos e-mails do regime da Siria e do senhor do bigott esses e-mails é um luz ao fundo do tunel para restaurar os direitos humanos

Vernon Bachor
Vernon Bachor5 years ago

Anyone recognize this article for the propaganda it claims to be fighting?
"As part of its larger criminal effort to change the regime in Syria, Washington is spreading false information through Western and Arab media outlets to discredit Assad as a viable leader. It is using propaganda in an attempt to brainwash the West into believing that the violence in Syria is the result of the regime's response to democratic protests, not NATO's malicious destabilization campaign and acts of terrorism. "

"last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that “the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department—working with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other allies—are helping the opposition Free Syrian Army develop logistical routes for moving supplies into Syria and providing communications training.”

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