“As the NATO alliance inches closer to a military attack on Syria, a new front in the destabilization of the Damascus government has been opened by the intelligence agencies of the Western powers. The vehicle chosen by the CIA and its allies for this new assault is once again the shadowy limited hangout operation calling itself Wikileaks, and its chief spokesman, the Australian Julian Assange,” author and historian Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley wrote in the article published on Friday.
Tarpley said that Assange and his staffers released “some 2.43 million e-mails by Syrian government officials, politicians, and companies doing business” with Damascus to “discredit the Syrian government, and even more to harass companies in the NATO sphere who are working as contractors for Damascus.”
The emails, 400,000 in Arabic and some 70,000 in Russian, were generated between August 2006 and March 2012, Wikileaks said.
“A case in point is the Italian defense contractor Finmeccanica, which was accused based on these e-mails of supplying 500 radios to the Syrian police through Selex Elsag, a subsidiary company. The Italian radical chic newsweekly L’Espresso, owned by financier Carlo de Benedetti, attempted to make these dealings into a scandal under the headline ‘Finmeccanica helped the dictator’,” he wrote.
“The goal of Wikileaks is obviously to incite public opinion against Finmeccanica and similar companies, and to mobilize parliamentary witch hunts against them for supposedly contributing to repression in Syria,” the historian said.
“If Syria’s Western equipment suppliers can be shut down, then the weapons shipped into Syria by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the other (Persian) Gulf monarchies through the CIA distribution network based in southern Turkey could tip the balance in favor of anarchy,” Tarpley questioned.
He went on to say that the website is “complicit in the violent overthrow of the Syrian government by the NATO-backed death squads.”
“Assange has now taken refuge in the Ecuador Embassy in London. By contrast, US soldier Bradley Manning, who is accused of providing the raw material for Cablegate, has been brutalized by the US government ever since his arrest. The radically different treatment given these two has been a cause for comment,” the American author wrote.
Syria has been gripped by more than 16 months of unrest.
Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.