WikiLeaks said it will release more than 2 million e-mails exchanged among senior members of the ruling party in Syria, as well as other politicians, ministries and corporations. In a news release published July 5, WikiLeaks said the e-mails come from “680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, said that the trove of e-mails is “embarrassing” to Syria as well as its opponents.
“It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it,” Assange said in the official “Syria Files” page on WikiLeaks.
Here is a look at the e-mail release in numbers:
Date range of e-mails: August 2006 — March 2012
Number of e-mails: 2,434,899
Number of recipients: 1,082,447
Number of e-mail address: 678,752
E-mails in Arabic: 400,000
E-mails in Russian: 68,000
Number of e-mails infected with a virus: 42,000
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