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article image'Syria files' released by WikiLeaks

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By Anne Sewell     Jul 5, 2012 in Internet
Julian Assange might be languishing in the Ecuadorian Embassy, but WikiLeaks is still active, and has announced the release almost 2.5 million emails relating to Syria.
In a recent article, Digital Journal reported that a member of WikiLeaks had said that the organization would continue its work, despite the problems being experienced by Julian Assange and the general crack-down on whistleblowers. Well, the "proof is in the pudding", so to speak, and they have continued indeed.
WikiLeaks, the infamous whistleblower website founded by Assange, has today announced the release of nearly 2.5 million emails from 680 Syria-related domain names and entities. The emails are said to date from August 2006 to March 2012.
This release is said to be “embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents.”
Assange said, “It helps us not merely to criticize 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."
On the WikiLeaks "Syria file" web page, they state that the 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.“
In this latest leak there are 2,434,899 emails, which involve 678,752 individual senders and 1,082,447 individual recipients. In terms of the number of documents and size of the data, this is approximately eight times the size of "Cablegate". Cablegate involved the release by WikiLeaks of U.S. State Department confidential cable exchanges, between U.S. embassies and Washington, and upset the U.S. administration to the extent that they wish to charge Assange with espionage.
The texts in the latest release are in a number of languages, including approximately 400,000 emails in Arabic and 68,000 emails in Russian. Apparently approximately 42,000 emails were infected with trojans or viruses.
The entities involved in the Syria files include, among others, the Syrian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Affairs, Transport, Culture and Information.
As with previous releases of confidential data by WikiLeaks, the Syria files are to be released in batches over a period of time and several news outlets have apparently already received access to this database.
Meanwhile WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, awaiting news of possible political asylum in Ecuador, which would prevent him being extradited to Sweden on sexual charges. However, Assange and his colleagues are more concerned that should he be sent to Sweden, he would then be forwarded on to the U.S. on charges of espionage.
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