Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has started publishing the “Syria Files,” which are said to contain embarrassing emails sent by Syrian politicians, businesses, and government ministries.
The site will release around 2.5 million emails that focus on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime from 2006 to March 2012 as the violence in the country gained momentum.
“The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticize one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently residing in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, said in a statement on Thursday.
“It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it,” he added.
The website said the files will shed light on the inside of Assad’s regime, including its most senior figures and also financial transactions between Syria and other nations.
For the past 16 months, the Syrian government has violently cracked down on an uprising, triggered by the Arab Spring unrest, where as many as 15,000 civilians have been killed in the violence. Syria has blamed it on foreign backed terrorists, and recently Assad himself labeled the conflict as a “war.”
WikiLeaks did not disclose how it obtained such a massive trove of files.
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