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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.

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.
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WikiLeaks – known for publishing secret government and corporate documents – is focusing its latest effort on the tumult in Syria.

This latest batch of leaks totals some 2.4 million e-mails, which WikiLeaks says will be embarrassing to both the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the regime’s opponents, including Western countries.

So far, the only information released has to do with the Italian defense giant Finmeccanica, which is reported to have provided communications equipment and expertise about helicopters to the Syrian military and police.

Finmeccanica (which is 30 percent owned by the Italian government and is also one of Britain's largest defense suppliers) says it is investigating the authenticity of the e-mails before commenting. 

WikiLeaks acknowledges that some of the e-mails can't be verified. They involve 680 different Internet domains, 678,752 different e-mail senders, 1,082,447 different e-mail recipients, and several different languages, including Arabic and Russian.

Published by the Italian news magazine L'Espresso, one of WikiLeaks' media partners, e-mails appear to show that a subsidiary of Finmeccanica was selling radio equipment to Syria as recently as two months ago – at the same time that the European Union was imposing an embargo on the regime, specifically prohibiting the sale of weapons and equipment that could be used in the fight against the Syrian opposition.

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