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WikiLeaks to release vast dossier of 2million incriminating emails sent by Syrian officials | Mail Online


 

WikiLeaks to release vast dossier of 2million incriminating emails sent by Syrian officials

By Ian Garland

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared a statement from his hiding place in the Ecuadorian Embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared a statement from his hiding place in the Ecuadorian Embassy

WikiLeaks has announced it has begun publishing more than two  million embarrassing and incriminating emails from Syrian government officials.

In a news conference, the whistle-blowing website’s spokesman Sarah Harrison revealed the emails were sent by political figures, government ministers and companies between August 2006 and 2012.

She read a statement from the website’s controversial founder Julian Assange – currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – claiming the emails contain material embarrassing to both ‘Syria and its opponents’.

Assange, who is attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual abuse,  wrote : "The material 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.’

WikiLeaks said the emails, which it has called ‘The Syria Files’, would shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, and ‘also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.

 Syria Files: WikiLeaks announce the release of the leaked emails online

Syria Files: WikiLeaks announce the release of the leaked emails online

There are more than eight times as many documents in "The Syria Files" as the number of diplomatic cables WikiLeaks published in 2010, when it angered Washington by disclosing confidential information relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange is reportedly sleeping on a blow up mattress

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange is reportedly sleeping on a blow up mattress

The range of files extends from the intimate correspondence of the most senior Baath party figures to records of financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations, WikiLeaks said.

The emails are in several languages and include 68,000 in Russian. Moscow is one of Syria’s main arms suppliers and has shielded its long-standing ally President Bashar al-Assad from tougher U.N. sanctions over his crackdown on a 16-month uprising.

The revolt, which started with peaceful pro-democracy protests in March 2011, has turned into a something approaching a civil war as the government’s crackdown triggered an armed uprising.

Opposition leaders and Western governments say more than 15,000 people have been killed in the uprising. The government says "terrorist gangs" steered from abroad have killed several thousand troops and police.

WikiLeaks said that although it had not yet verified all the emails due to their significant volume, it was "statistically confident" the vast majority of files were genuine.

WikiLeaks to release vast dossier of 2million incriminating emails sent by Syrian officials | Mail Online

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