MSNBC: Syria-gate? WikiLeaks’ latest drop of secret files

LONDON – It was another mega-download moment brought to you by WikiLeaks.

On Thursday, at the progressive journalists hub in London called the Frontline Club, the group of whistleblowers officially announced the release of their latest massive “data set” regarding Syria.

The new release of some 2.5 million emails focuses entirely on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as seen through the communications of its top ministries and companies. They date from August 2006 to March of this year, when the current crisis in Syria was building up deadly momentum.

This release by WikiLeaks is said to be so large that it allegedly surpasses by eight times the size of the group’s infamous release of U.S. State Department cables known as “Cablegate.”

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“The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents,” WikiLeaks official Sarah Harrison said in a statement streamed live.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden for questioning about allegations of rape and molestation, did not appear at the club because he is currently living inside Ecuador’s Embassy seeking political asylum. He fears he risks arrest by British police if he leaves the embassy building…
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