The whistleblower and free information publisher WikiLeaks has begun publishing the Syria Files, which contain 2.5 million emails from 680 Syria-related entities and domain names “including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture.” According to WikiLeaks, the file dump will be “embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said: “The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticise 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.”
Over the next two months, ground-breaking stories derived from the files will appear in WikiLeaks (global), Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Associated Press (US), L’Espresso (Italy), Owni (France) and Publico.es (Spain). Other publications will announce themselves closer to their publishing date.
WikiLeaks warned that with such a large collection of emails and information, “it is not possible to verify every single email at once; however, WikiLeaks and its co-publishers have done so for all initial stories to be published. We are statistically confident that the vast majority of the data are what they purport to be.”
The files are meant to pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the Syrian government as it wages a civil war against dissidents hoping to overthrow the regime in the wake of the Arab Spring. “The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another,” writes WikiLeaks.
It should be interesting to discover what WikiLeaks believes western nations are doing (or not doing) with the Syrian situation. More than likely it has something to do with the fact (the fact) that Western nations like the U.S. talk a big game about intervening in cases of human rights abuses, but have done literally nothing to stop the torture and bloodshed in Syria.
The Syria Files come mere days after Human Rights Watch revealed that the Syrian government was operating at least 27 torture chambers around the country and using 20 torture techniques against Syrian dissidents.