WikiLeaks Dumps 2.4M Syria Emails
Emails come from politicians, companies, government ministries
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2012 6:39 AM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2012 7:49 AM CDT
A woman stands next to posters attached to railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, on June 29, 2012, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seeking asylum.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The latest from WikiLeaks: some 2.4 million Syrian emails that, the organization says, "shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy" while also revealing "how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another." CNN notes that the emails, which are from Syrian politicians, companies, and government ministries, touch on foreign affairs, presidential affairs, and finance. They're in several languages, including Arabic and Russian, and date back to 2006.

WikiLeaks says it started publishing the emails today, but will dribble them out over the next two months via media partners that include Lebanon's al-Akhbar, Egypt's al-Masry al-Youm, and the AP. Founder Julian Assange (who is still fighting extradition from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London) calls them "embarrassing" to both Syria and its opponents. "It helps us not merely to criticize one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions, and thoughts," he said.

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