WikiLeaks targets Syria with 'embarrassing' trove (+video)
WikiLeaks has obtained some 2.4 million e-mails, which relate to both the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the regime’s opponents, including Western countries.
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In addition to L’Espresso in Italy, according to the organization, “ground-breaking stories derived from the files will appear in WikiLeaks (global), Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Owni (France), and Publico.es (Spain).”Skip to next paragraph
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"Like a lot of news organizations, we were offered material by WikiLeaks to evaluate for possible coverage – in the same way we receive health and science journals, survey results and such ahead of time in hopes of generating stories," AP spokesman Paul Colford told The Huffington Post. "To state that AP was 'collaborating' with WikiLeaks was a mistake."
Thursday’s disclosure wouldn't be the first major leak of Syrian e-mails, according to the AP. In February, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published excerpts of what it said were e-mails hacked from Syrian servers by “Anonymous,” the shadowy Internet activist group. In March, the Guardian newspaper in Britain published e-mails it sourced to Syrian opposition activists.
WikiLeaks has been laboring under severe funding problems – the refusal of PayPal, credit card companies, and other financial institutions to transfer money to the organization because of its notoriety has made it difficult to solicit contributions – and Mr. Assange’s own legal difficulties.
Assange was not present at the WikiLeaks announcement in London Thursday. He has spent the past two weeks at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about allegations of sexual assault.
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