WikiLeaks has data from 2.4 million Syrian emails

The secret-spilling group WikiLeaks said Thursday it was in the process of publishing material from 2.4 million Syrian emails — many of which it said came from official government accounts.

WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison told journalists at London’s Frontline Club that the emails reveal interactions between the Syrian government and Western companies, although she declined to go into much further detail.

Harrison quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as saying that “the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s external opponents.”

WikiLeaks only posted a handful of the documents to its website Thursday, but the disclosure — whose source WikiLeaks has not made clear — wouldn’t be the first major leak of Syrian emails.

In February, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published excerpts of what it said were emails hacked from Syrian servers by Anonymous, the shadowy Internet activist group. In March, Britain’s Guardian newspaper published emails it sourced to Syrian opposition activists.

The messages appeared to catch the glamorous wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad shopping for pricey shoes while her country slipped toward civil war.

Harrison said the WikiLeaks emails dated from August 2006 to March 2012 and originated from hundreds of different domains, including Syria’s ministry of presidential affairs.

Harrison said her group was “statistically confident” that the body of material was genuine.

Assange, who is currently seeking asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, was not at the brief presentation. He is wanted by British police for possible extradition to Sweden to face questions about alleged sexual misconduct there.

He has denied wrongdoing but faces arrest if he leaves the embassy.

Harrison acknowledged that WikiLeaks is facing “a difficult time at the moment” but said “we are continuing to work through that.”

LA Times

  • 5thDrawer

    Well Assange … everything you do is an embarrassment to people who thought emails were private things.
    You may find life in an Embassy a little restrictive … but also might prefer an American jail to what you could encounter in Ecuador if they ship you there – where ‘the embarrassed’ can slide in for a ‘chat’. 

  • 5thDrawer

    Well Assange … everything you do is an embarrassment to people who thought emails were private things.
    You may find life in an Embassy a little restrictive … but also might prefer an American jail to what you could encounter in Ecuador if they ship you there – where ‘the embarrassed’ can slide in for a ‘chat’. 

  • wargame1

    WikiLeak is a fraud. When the mainstream media cant sell the propaganda anymore then it use a strategy like leak news. Same strategy is used by the cheap magazine with some sex scandal  news which attracts the average horny joe interested in reading the garbage. 

  • wargame1

    WikiLeak is a fraud. When the mainstream media cant sell the propaganda anymore then it use a strategy like leak news. Same strategy is used by the cheap magazine with some sex scandal  news which attracts the average horny joe interested in reading the garbage. 

  • guss043

    Lately all your news is about Syria ,maybe you should change your website to Ya Syria, why you care so much !!! 30 fuc kin years of civil war in Lebanon and counting and no Syrian said anything not back then not now. Worry about Lebanon when the tourism is at zero , when hizbollah trying to assassinate geagea and boutos harb, when the Azaar berri trying to steal the public service jobs from the Christian by not letting the appointment of the Customs director general to haapen for the maronite and sunni position, when the temporary worker for Hydro 48 % of them are shiites , that what your news should be about not frigin Assad pictures and Syrian resistance and so on, when the land is being bought by Saudis , so Wake uPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    • master09

      Well said, HA and Amal was at war with Syria,  now they suck dik. The gun can be a powerful weapon mainly when pointed at your country men… but Syria and Iran pays the wages so they must continue to suck Dik and the other Arabs are just as bad…..taking LEBANON so it can be a battle ground for these Arab nations,While the people continue to SUFFER……no wonder why 10 million Lebanese live in other nations..Lebanon is wasting away because the LEBANESE leaders are selling us out to fill their own pockets…..

  • guss043

    Lately all your news is about Syria ,maybe you should change your website to Ya Syria, why you care so much !!! 30 fuc kin years of civil war in Lebanon and counting and no Syrian said anything not back then not now. Worry about Lebanon when the tourism is at zero , when hizbollah trying to assassinate geagea and boutos harb, when the Azaar berri trying to steal the public service jobs from the Christian by not letting the appointment of the Customs director general to haapen for the maronite and sunni position, when the temporary worker for Hydro 48 % of them are shiites , that what your news should be about not frigin Assad pictures and Syrian resistance and so on, when the land is being bought by Saudis , so Wake uPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    • master09

      Well said, HA and Amal was at war with Syria,  now they suck dik. The gun can be a powerful weapon mainly when pointed at your country men… but Syria and Iran pays the wages so they must continue to suck Dik and the other Arabs are just as bad…..taking LEBANON so it can be a battle ground for these Arab nations,While the people continue to SUFFER……no wonder why 10 million Lebanese live in other nations..Lebanon is wasting away because the LEBANESE leaders are selling us out to fill their own pockets…..