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Whistleblowing organisation Wikileaks has begun publishing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries, and associated companies.
Wikileaks says the data derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport, and Culture Ministries.
Today's publication of dozens of emails mark the first cache released, with more to be published over the coming months. A number of media outlets are working in partnership with Wikileaks, including the Associated Press.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the Syrian government will not be the only ones facing criticism from the fallout of today's announcement.
"The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria's 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.
The Syria Files 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."
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