WikiLeaks, Al-Akhbar collaborate on "embarrassing" Syria Files
Published Thursday, July 5, 2012
Al-Akhbar will work with WikiLeaks over coming weeks to release a large number of emails detailing the inner workings of Syria's political and business elite, the two organizations confirmed on Thursday.
WikiLeaks announced in a statement on Thursday it will publish more than 2 million emails "from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012."
The Syria Files are set to reveal the intimate workings of the country's ruling elite, as well as its opponents. Among the government departments included are the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture.
"The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents," WikiLeaks founder Julian 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."
Al-Akhbar's Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim al-Amin confirmed the collaborative effort, saying it was important to determine the facts of what is transpiring on the ground in Syria.
"It is a sensitive time in Syria and it is important to sort out what is real and what is fabricated," he said.
"One thing is obvious though, the hypocrisy of global politics has reached a new high when dealing with Syria."
At least 10,000 people have been killed, according to UN figures, in a 16-month uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which is showing no signs of abating. Opposition groups claim the death toll is much higher.
WikiLeaks revealed Al-Akhbar was one of its co-publishing partners, along with Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm, Germany's ARD, Italy's L'Espresso, France's Owni, Spain's Publico.es, and Associated Press.
Al-Akhbar will be publishing stories from the Syria Files in the coming weeks as they are verified.