WikiLeaks releases 2.4 million Syria e-mails
Julian Assange, pictured here on October 8, 2011, is the founder of WikiLeaks, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information.
July 5th, 2012
08:04 AM ET

WikiLeaks releases 2.4 million Syria e-mails

WikiLeaks said Thursday it has begun publishing some 2.4 million e-mails from Syrian politicians, government ministries and companies dating back to 2006.

The e-mails, which are in a range of languages including Arabic and Russian, come from the ministries of presidential affairs, finance, information and foreign affairs, among others.

According to WikiLeaks, the e-mails "shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another."

WikiLeaks, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, has published about 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables, causing embarrassment to the government and others. It has also published hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents relating to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Its founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in Britain in 2010 over allegations of rape and sex crime charges in Sweden.

Two women have accused Assange of sexually assaulting them in August 2010 when he was visiting Sweden in connection with a WikiLeaks release of internal U.S. military documents.

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  1. Philip

    (yawn) Wake me when Wiki leaks US Moneydrug doctor emails. (confidential emails of doctors who prescribe drugs for profit rather than health)

    July 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. God&Countryman

    "How the West and Western companies say one thing and do another"? Preposterous. Kill Assange before he embarrasses someone to death for Christ's sake.

    July 5, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      First of, he's in jail, this was not him. Second the world had a right to know secrets kill freedom.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name*Donal Peter Buckley

    National "News" broadcasting of irrelevances is the soul destroying rubbish of our age of dumbing down.
    wiki leaks is news and fourth estate work as it should always have been.

    Why shoot the messenger ...when the bullet never lies.

    July 5, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...the error here is that you presumed assange's motives to be pure...

      July 5, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. HIDE BEHIND

    Wiki Leaks may well be the only real hope that world at large has before it becomes a complete one world police state.
    It is the one media that is truly international not only in its collection of information but in its ability to diseminate that information without bias of political and economic interest culling the facts that they do not like to be known.
    It is truly sad that in US what is termed patriotism has become no more than nationalism gone amuck and where the state has become a god that must not be questioned or else it will throw you out of its gardens.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @Hide Behind
    What you say is the bitter truth though its not going to go down well with most of the bloggers.Prepare for flak.
    That Assange is hounded and a man on the run allowed no refuge speaks volumes about the state of affairs.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Say what, agreed. There is far to much secrecy in the land of the free. He is persecuted for releasing the truth.

      July 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I have no problem with Assange telling the world of the different country's secret, nefarious doings.
    The problem I have with the man is not facing up to what he has purportedly done to these women in a court of law.
    If he is running, it is because he is afraid if whatever evidence the prosecutors of Sweden may have on him.
    He has secrets of his own that he doesn't want Wikileaked.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      He's running because the charges were trumped up to screw him for rating on western governments, and he knows he will be arrested and worse to silence him.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Yes@banasy
    His first priority should be to get his name cleared or face the consequences if the accusations from those women are indeed true.But perhaps he has something more sinister to fear from those hounding him for the leaks and does need a refuge to gather his wits?

    July 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He has plenty of time to gather his wits...and a defense to whoever may be hounding him.
      At this point he does nothing to bolster his credibility or the veracity of what is being leaked.
      If he nothing to hide, as he has stated in the past, then why is he hiding?

      July 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HIDE BEHIND

    A man facing a couple of years in a Swefish prison may be one thing but the reality is that Mr. Asange also is facing the wrath of a very vindicative US government that has a populace that approves of torture and assassinations towards those they dislike is quite another.
    I find it disturbing that outside the US and official government and their economic crpnys the public is in sympathy with Wili Leaks and underdtands why Mr Asange needs to hide or at least be asured he would not be extradited to US.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't approve of torture, I never did; and if that is the reason he is hiding, *that* I can understand.
      The FBI is a presence in the UK, they could have questioned him long ago...
      What a muddled mess!

      July 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phili

    He is hiding for the exact same reason a very wealthy Chinese woman whom had just moved LA floored it when the LAPD tried to pull her Mercedes Benz over for a routine traffic stop. (the old lady crashed into several cars before cops took her down) She proved in court she was afraid of flashing blue lights. To her, it meant a 'Rodney King' beatdown. All charges were dropped.

    July 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Como Obama Yo Mama

    Assange is looking very androgynous these days.

    July 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |