The Week: WikiLeaks’ Syria documents: 5 talking points

posted on July 6, 2012, at 7:00 AM

The first batch of leaked Syrian emails revealed that an Italian company had allegedly been supplying the Syrian regime with communications equipment, an action that was barred by the European Union. Photo: SEE ALL 53 PHOTOS

On Thursday, secret-spilling clearinghouse WikiLeaks stepped into the increasingly bloody conflict in Syria, rolling out the first of more than 2.4 million emails from and to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. At a press conference in London, WikiLeaks spokeswoman Sarah Harrison said the “Syria Files,” covering a period between August 2006 and May 2012, will shine a light on the Assad regime and its Western collaborators, and that WikiLeaks is “statistically confident” the vast majority of files are genuine. She read a statement from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – holed up in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, where he’s seeking asylum to avoid facing rape charges in Sweden – promising that “the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents.” Here are five things to know about WikiLeaks’ newest document dump:…
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