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WikiLeaks has begun publishing more than 2 million emails from Syrian political figures that it says will shed light on the regime's crackdown on dissent and embarrass Syria's opponents.
The emails date back to 2006 but also cover the past 16 months, in which thousands have been killed in a bloody crackdown by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces.
The whistleblowing website says the files will give an insight into how the Assad government operates, and also reveal Western countries and businesses which continue to support Syria.
"They also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another," the organisation said.
WikiLeaks says the emails came from Syrian ministries including foreign affairs, finance and presidential affairs.
Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the material is embarrassing to Syria, as well as to Syria's opponents.
"It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts," he said in a statement.
"It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it."