Activists Spied On Assad's Private Emails

And now you can, too: Guardian posts them
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2012 7:39 PM CDT
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad casts his ballot next to his wife, Asma, at a polling station in Damascus on Feb. 26.   (AP Photo/SANA)

(Newser) – The Guardian has a big Syrian scoop today in the form of what it says are more than 3,000 private emails from the accounts of Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma. Activists apparently had access to the accounts for months, sometimes using them to get wind of military maneuvers, until a separate hack by Anonymous earlier this year blew their cover. The emails cover a huge range of topics, from the personal to the political, and in general "paint a portrait of a first family remarkably insulated from the mounting crisis and continuing to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle," says the newspaper. Pick a topic here.

Some highlights:

  • Entertainment: Assad liked everyone from Chris Brown to, oddly, Right Said Fred, according to his iTunes purchases. He also ordered the Steve Jobs biography. Click for details.
  • Mocking the Arab League: Assad liked a YouTube video that made fun of Arab League observers' inability to see what was really going on. Click for details.
  • Luxe living: Amid national shortages, wife Asma ordered about $15,000 worth of candlesticks, tables, and chandeliers from Paris, along with a fondue set from Amazon.

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