Wikileaks Syria Files: Shedding Light on Syria, Partners, Enemies
Wikileaks Begins Publishing Syria Files
On July 5, 2012, Wikileaks began publishing what it calls the Syria Files: nearly 2.5 million emails sent to and from Syrian government officials and their business contacts. The emails date from mid-2006 through 2012.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said, ""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."
Indeed, the first nation embarrassed is Italy, who, despite publicly opposing the Assad regime, whose Finmeccanica secretly supplied Syria's police and military with top-of-the-line communications equipment. Finmeccanica, an Italian telecoms giant, sold the system, called TETRA, to Syria through a Syrian-owned subsidiary based in Greece.
Here's a breakdown of the Syria Files emails, only a small fraction of which were published on July 5:
- 2,434,899 total emails
- Sent from 678,752 different email addresses
- 1,082,447 different email recipients
- 400,000 emails are in Arabic
- 68,000 emails are in Russian
- Roughly 42,000 emails were infected with malware
Syira is currently in the middle of what amounts to a civil war, as dictator Bashar al-Assad uses widespread violence and torture to fend off those who want him out of office.