WikiLeaks begins releasing
millions of documents, emails linked to Syria regime
"There are a number of different languages in the set, including around 400,000 emails in Arabic and 68,000 emails in Russian," the statement added, saying that the data is more than eight times the size of ’Cablegate’ in terms of number of documents, and more than 100 times the size in terms of data."
Preliminary releases indicate a link between Syrian security forces and Selex, a subsidiary of Italian firm industrial conglomerate Finmeccanica.
A WikiLeaks spokesperson said that the released databse includes emails demonstrating that Selex sold a technology called Tetra to the Syrian government. This technology allows police forces to communicate in a secure and reliable manner. The database demonstrates that selling assistance and training by Selex continued through to this year."
Earlier this year, documents from the office of Syrian President Bashar Assad obtained by Haaretz showed that Iran has been helping Syria bypass the international sanctions imposed on it for massacring civilians.
The documents show that Iran has given the Syrian regime more than $1 billion, which would help it overcome the oil embargo and other moves including restrictions on flights and sanctions against the central bank.
The documents were leaked following a cyber-attack by hackers known as Anonymous against the e-mail server of the Syrian president's office. Seventy-eight employees in President Bashar Assad's office had their e-mail hacked. One of these accounts belonged to the minister of presidential affairs, Mansour Azzam; it included two documents signed by him that dealt with relations between Syria and Iran.
|In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. Information Clearing House has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is Information ClearingHouse endorsed or sponsored by the originator.)|