“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,” the website’s founder Julian Assange said.
The website says the 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.“
There are 2,434,899 in the leak involving 678,752 different senders and 1,082,447 different recipients, WikiLeaks says. That’s about eight times the size of “Cablegate” in terms of a number of documents and 100 times the size in terms of data. Cablegate was the release by WikiLeaks of US State Department confidential cable exchanges between American embassies and Washington, which angered the US administration.
The entities exposed include the Syrian Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture, among others.
The texts are in several languages, including around 400,000 emails in Arabic and 68,000 emails in Russian. Around 42,000 emails were infected with viruses or trojans.
Just like previous releases of confidential data, the Syria files will be released in chunks over a period of time. Several news outlets have already received access to the database.