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Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’ Twitter account was hacked today by a group labeling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). As soon as the hackers gained access to the account, they began sending out Infowars stories about the real situation in Syria.
One of the first tweets to be sent out after the hack was a link to a recent Infowars story entitled Syrian Rebels Ransack Christian Churches, which documented how rebels were desecrating places of worship.
Another tweet sent out was entitled “The truth finally revealed about Syria’s insurgency,” which included a link to our story from yesterday which was a compendium of videos showing how rebel insurgents were responsible for massacres, beheadings and other acts of brutality, as well as staging fake massacre and death videos to falsely implicate the Syrian government.
The SEA have been responsible for a number of cyber attacks in recent months, including one targeted against the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya News. The group also replaced LinkedIn’s blog page with a picture of President Bashar Al-Assad in military uniform following a hack attack in April. Harvard University’s website was also targeted by the group last year.
The chief hacker who fronts the group is known as “The Pro,” a Syrian who lives in Syria. The Pro describes himself as the leader of “thousands of activists” who “reject the onslaught of information and distortion of facts happening in Syria”.
Asked by Infowars why the group targeted Al-Jazeera, ‘the Pro’ cited a video report by Al-Jazeera Stream which was critical of the group’s hacking activities. He also mentioned Al-Jazeera’s “bad media coverage of what really happening in Syria.”
‘The Pro’ denied that the SEA were an Assad-backed operation, telling us, “We are not supported by anyone – we started this work since 15 March 2011 when we have seen a large numbers of terrorists spread around our country – so we decided to defend our country.”
In a previous interview, the Pro told journalist Faisal J. Abbas how the group were driven by their desire to avenge the murders of two of their members by anti-Assad activists.
As we have repeatedly emphasized, although some claim the SEA is tacitly supported by President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, Infowars is only interested in documenting both sides of the story about unfolding events in Syria, unlike the establishment media which has hyped alleged government atrocities while ignoring those committed by rebels.
We have no allegiance with Assad just like we had no allegiance with Colonel Gaddafi, but to portray events in Syria as a one sided affair, with the rebels, backed by Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, personified as freedom loving democratic activists, is clearly a phony narrative that is being manufactured to grease the skids for another NATO-led “humanitarian” bombardment.
As we documented in our story yesterday, despite there being innumerable examples of crimes and atrocities carried out by NATO-backed opposition fighters, the media has virtually blacklisted the issue, just as they did prior to the attack on Libya which has now been turned into a sectarian hellhole.
Today, Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing “The Syria Files” – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012.
This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture.
Over the next two months, ground-breaking stories derived from the files will appear in WikiLeaks (global), Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Associated Press (US), L’Espresso (Italy), Owni (France) and Publico.es (Spain). Other publications will announce themselves closer to their publishing date.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said: “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.”
At this time Syria is undergoing a violent internal conflict that has killed between 6,000 and 15,000 people in the last 18 months. 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.
The range of information extends from the intimate correspondence of the most senior Baath party figures to records of financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations.
The database comprises 2,434,899 emails from the 680 domains. There are 678,752 different email addresses that have sent emails and 1,082,447 different recipients. There are a number of different languages in the set, including around 400,000 emails in Arabic and 68,000 emails in Russian. The data is more than eight times the size of ’Cablegate’ in terms of number of documents, and more than 100 times the size in terms of data. Around 42,000 emails were infected with viruses or trojans. To solve these complexities, WikiLeaks built a general-purpose, multi-language political data-mining system which can handle massive data sets like those represented by the Syria Files.
In such a large collection of information, it is not possible to verify every single email at once; however, WikiLeaks and its co-publishers have done so for all initial stories to be published. We are statistically confident that the vast majority of the data are what they purport to be.
We would like to thank our sources, technical team, donors and defenders without whom this contribution to the historical record would not be possible. https://wlfriends.org/
For more information on the Syria Files, please see: http://wikileaks.org/syria-files/releases.html
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