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WikiLeaks publishes 2.5 million Syria emails

CCTV.com

07-06-2012 10:48 BJT

They are already calling it Syria-gate. The latest release from on line whistleblower Wikileaks is 2.5 7 million e-mails from Syrian government ministries.

The latest "data set" spans from August of 2006 untill March this year and is thought to be the largest release yet from the Wikileaks group, whose founder Julian Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London awaiting a decision on his asylum request.

Nathan King is live for us at the United Nations in New York tonight, Nathan what light are these e-mails shedding on Damascus's thinking as the country plunged into internal conflict?

Well obviously with 2 and half million e-mails, journalists and media organizations around the world have just started poring over them. So far only 25 have been put on Wikileaks website and trying to download them has proved very difficult -But spokesperson for the group says they hope the e-mails will “ shed a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy”

In addition to intimate correspondence between the Baath party membrs , there will also be many e-mails to western firms about purchase of communication equipment . According to Wikileaks, the data dump will embarrass Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his Baath Party, and the opposition, too.

Meanwhile General Robert Mood, head of the stalled UN peacekeeping mission in Syria, has been speaking out saying he wants to resume patrols, but at the moment the unprecedented level of violence means they cannot- they have been basically confined to their hotel since Mid  June- but Mood said in Damascus that his team needs to be restructured so it can help the political dialogue that the international community envisaged for this weekend in Geneva.

The comments come as the UN Security Council is considering what to do with the mission , which is up for renewal by July 20th .

Mood seems to be rejecting calls for more observers, which would increase the dangers, and arming the mission might escalate tensions. He also seems to be reflecting growing international feeling that the mission is likely to be downscaled to a political mission which will help push for a dialogue and a ceasefire and try and foster a better climate on the ground.

 

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