WikiLeaks To Release Millions of ‘Syria Files’

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Whistleblower web site WikiLeaks has released the first of its “Syria Files,” a collection of more than 2.4 million e-mails that it says will “shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy” while revealing “how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.”

The web site, which obtains documents through anonymous leaking, says the files include intimate correspondence between senior Syrian Baath party figures and records of financial transfers between ministries in Syria and foreign institutions. It also includes information sourced from 680 entities and domains related to Syria, including the country’s Ministries of Culture, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Presidential Affairs and Transport.

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“The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement. “It helps us not merely to criticize 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 release of the files comes just one day after Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov denied that Moscow has engaged in talks with Washington about offering exile to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. WikiLeaks’ trove of documents includes around 68,000 e-mails in  Russian.

Combing through millions of E-mails takes time, and Wikileaks says it’s not yet verified every single message. However, all initial stories it will publish have been verified by WikiLeaks and the site’s co-publishers. According to the web site: “We are statistically confident that the vast majority of the date are what they purport to be.”

(VIDEO: Julian Assange talks to TIME)

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Xiggie
Xiggie

 Just don't throw in in the direction of any privacy or privacy of your loved ones you might have.

1USA4ALL
1USA4ALL

Assange needs to release his 3700 Israeli documents if anyone is to take him seriously. His selective release may be good for his immediate safety but never for his long term--he is a threat forever to these powers and players so he might as well show his whole hand now.

Jama Grown
Jama Grown

 Exactly, those Israeli ones are arguably the most important of all. Why does he continue to hide them? Did he accept a fat payoff to not release them? Until he shows us those, I wouldn't trust Assange as far as I could throw him.

biobot
biobot

How about credible threats from the Massad? That sounds more likely to me.