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article imageSyria Files: Selex sold communication technology to police forces

By Anne Sewell     Jul 7, 2012 in World
WikiLeaks has released the "Syria Files", which reveal embarrassing ties between Syria and various Western entities. This article relates to Selex, a subsidiary of the Italian communications company, Finmeccanica.
Digital Journal reported on the release by WikiLeaks of the "Syria Files" on July 5. This release involves a series of controversial emails and documents that will be very embarrassing to both the Syrian government, its opponents and also Western companies with business ties with Syria.
Among the 2011 and 2012 emails in this release are documents relating to Selex, a subsidiary of the Italian communications company, Finmeccanica. According to WikiLeaks, Selex sold communications technology called Tetra to Syrian police forces.
The Washington Examiner downloaded a spreadsheet from the release on the WikiLeaks website. This spreadsheet reveals the addresses, antennas and call signs of various police forces and gives intricate details about the communication system as well as the costs involved.
The document further shows that the Italian Company was involved in the training of Syrian police forces on how to use and implement the equipment sold to them.
An email from Selex representatives to Syrian officials on February 2 states, "Selex Elsag engineers will be in Damascus on the 11th of February. They will stay until the completion of the following tasks: training intracom engineers, delivery of training material, delivery of repair procedures, delivery of chopper cables and connectors, and cable fixing training."
The Washington Examiner stated that Selex officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
WikiLeaks has stated that it will upload additional emails soon which will show how other Western companies and nations have circumvented sanctions and still deal with Syrian government officials.
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