In a statement Thursday, WikiLeaks said the Syria-related entities or domain names from which the e-mails were obtained include the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport, and Culture.
"The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said, without elaborating, through WikiLeaks spokeswoman Sarah Harrison. “It helps us not merely to criticize 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."
According to the organization, the range of information in the e-mails “extends from the intimate correspondence of the most senior Baath party figures to records of financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations.”
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).”