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WikiLeaks publishes 2.4 million documents from Syria

WikiLeaks today began publishing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries, and associated companies, marking one of the group's largest document dumps since its inception in 2006.

Dubbed the "Syria Files," the data dump is comprised of more than 2.4 million documents pulled from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names between Aug. 2006 and March 2012. More than 678,000 different email addresses sent messages to more than one million different recipients, in various languages including Arabic and Russian, according to WikiLeaks.

Acquired information ranges from intimate correspondence between senior party figures to records of financial transfers from Syrian ministries to other nations.

While Syria fights an internal war, the document dump will "shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy," the organization said, all while revealing how Western companies "say one thing and do another."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a statement called the material, which will be pushed out to global publications over the next two months, "embarrassing" to Syria and its opponents.

The documents help to build criticism, as well as understand the countries' interest, actions, and thoughts, Assange said on the WikiLeaks website. "It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it," he added.

Assange remains hidden in London hoping to avoid extradition to Sweden to face interrogation for alleged sex crimes.

Over the next two months, "ground-breaking" stories will surface in various global publications, including WikiLeaks and the Associated Press. Lebanese, Egyptian, German, Italian, French, and Spanish periodicals have already signed on, and more will be announced as publishing dates get closer, WikiLeaks said.

Publishing more than 2.4 million emails doesn't give WikiLeaks much time to verify every single email in only a couple of months, the organization admitted. However, the group and its co-publishers have authenticated all initial stories set to be published.

"We are statistically confident that the vast majority of the data are what they purport to be," the Syria Files site said.

Five documents have already been published on WikiLeaks.

Most recently, WikiLeaks spotlighted more than five million emails from Texas-based intelligence company Stratfor, assumed to be the largest dump in WikiLeaks history. The emails span seven years, beginning in July 2004, and detail the company's dealings with mega corporations and government agencies.

Stratfor claimed in February, when the documents were released, that some of the emails were tampered with to include inaccuracies.

In late 2010, Wikileaks dumped more than 250,000 documents from the U.S. State Department. Earlier that year, it also unloaded around 90,000 secret documents related to the war in Afghanistan and later published nearly 400,000 secret Iraq war documents in what WikiLeaks said was the largest leak of confidential military information in U.S. history.