Syria’s Assad emailed sexist jokes: WikiLeaks..”propagnada”..Syria rebels “control all Iraq border points”..executes 22 soldiers
Hundreds of emails purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad show he sent several sexist or irreverant messages in the months before the ongoing Syrian uprising began.
The French website owni.fr on Thursday published extracts from the latest cache of Syrian documents made avaiable by WikiLeaks, which on July 5 started releasing some 2.5 million emails it said were from Syrian political figures.
Of those emails, 538 were supposedly written by Assad himself, sent from the address email@example.com and mostly written before the uprising that has lasted 16 months and so far killed 17,000 people.
The emails shed little new information on the deadly crackdown but give a glimpse into Assad’s puerile and slightly misogynistic mindset.
“Wife: I wish I was a newspaper, so I’d be in your hands all day,” begins one of the jokes in an email dated December 23, 2010.
“Husband: I too wish that you were a newspaper, so I could have a new one everyday.”
The messages were sent to close associates, his female translator or his father-in-law. Some are jokes that had already been circulated online, others are related to the news or world leaders.
Another joke contained in the same email starts with a woman asking her husband what he would give her if she climbed Mt. Everest.
“A lovely push…!” is the punchline.
WikiLeaks has said the 2,434,899 emails came from Syrian ministries including foreign affairs, finance and presidential affairs. There are around 400,000 emails in Arabic but also 68,000 in Russian.
WikiLeaks’ latest publication comes amid continued wrangling among world powers about how the Syrian conflict should be tackled.
Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria for the third time, sparking outrage by the Western nations which demanded sanctions against Assad.
Syrian rebels took control of all border crossings between Iraq and Syria on Thursday, Baghdad’s deputy interior minister told AFP.
“All the border points between Iraq and Syria are under the control of the Free Syrian Army,” Adnan al-Assadi told AFP by telephone.
“The border points and all the outposts are under the control of the Free Syrian Army.
“The Syrian army are focusing on Damascus.”
Assadi also said there was fighting under way between the Syrian army and rebels across the border from the northern Iraqi region of Sinjar.
The top official said Iraqi border guards had witnessed the Free Syrian Army take control of a border outpost, detain a Syrian army lieutenant colonel, and then cut off his arms and legs.
“Then they executed 22 Syrian soldiers in front of the eyes of Iraqi soldiers.”
The account of the killings could not be independently verified.
Assadi added: “If this situation continues, we are going to close the entire border with Syria.”
Earlier, an Iraqi border police lieutenant colonel told AFP that clashes began at noon at the Albu Kamal crossing in Anbar province.”
“And then in the evening, we saw the Syrian flag being brought down and the flag of the Free Syrian Army replaced it,” he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“We saw people wearing dishdashas (traditional Arab robes) and holding guns and they were walking inside the border post. We closed the border and we sent more patrols and more checkpoints along all the border with Syria.”
Government spokesman Ali Dabbagh meanwhile told Iraqiya state television that four planeloads of Iraqis had been flown from Syria back to Iraq on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, officials in western Anbar province, which borders Syria, said thousands of Iraqi families crossed from Syria back into their home country after Baghdad appealed for them to return to avoid escalating violence in Iraq’s western neighbour.
Anbar provincial council chief Saadun Obeid Shaalan said provincial authorities had provided Iraqis crossing the border with “humanitarian aid and 60 buses have entered Iraq, carrying Iraqis emigrating from Syria.”
hooray for the good guys..cutting off the arms and legs of a captive and executing the rest..i love being on the right side of justice 😦
the emails are just another media tool to ostracise assad..