0

Comments

Facebook

Twitter

Google

send


NOW

Exclusive: #AssadLeaks

Unseen documents acquired by NOW reveal secrets of Syrian regime’s crackdown in 2011 and 2012

(Illustration by NOW)

View all of NOW’s exclusive #AssadLeaks here

 

The Bashar al-Assad regime contracted a British law firm to fight allegations made against it in the British press in 2011, according to a trove of previously-unpublished documents seen by NOW.

 

The documents, which include nearly 3,000 emails from Assad’s personal account, also reveal hitherto-unknown relations with prominent Western journalists; interactions with officials from foreign states including Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United States; ties to kidnappers and smugglers within Syria; a public relations campaign organized with an American Christian group; and more. 

 

In March 2015, this bundle of documents—which is an expanded version of the hacked emails first leaked by the Guardian in 2012—was passed by Syrian opposition sources to NOW contributor Michael Weiss, who then sent it on to the team in Beirut. NOW has contacted a number of the individuals named in the documents, none of whom challenged their authenticity.

 

NOW has divided the noteworthy content of the documents into nine categories, each of which is published in a separate article in the new, dedicated #AssadLeaks section.

 

‘British law firm bats for Asma’ looks at the involvement of British law firm Carter-Ruck in silencing allegations made about the president’s wife in the Daily Mail newspaper. ‘Friends in the media’ reveals warm relations between the regime’s inner circle and certain foreign journalists. ‘International relations’ exposes diplomatic interactions between the regime and various foreign officials. ‘Managing the crackdown’ shines light on the thinking within the presidential palace on the military front. ‘The Miqati connection’ builds on previous leaks regarding the Assads’ friendship with the extended family of former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati. ‘The last castle of Arab dignity’ shows the regime’s inner circle exchanging disparaging jokes and remarks about the Syrian and other Arab peoples. ‘Flying over the cuckoo’s nest’ exhibits some of the more bizarre and conspiratorial correspondence. ‘Miscellaneous’ captures those items that didn’t quite fit into the previous categories.

(Illustration by NOW)

The Bashar al-Assad regime contracted a British law firm to fight allegations made against it in the British press in 2011, according to a trove of previously-unpublished documents seen by NOW.”