Leaked Syrian government emails indicate weapons supplied to HamasSunday, December 2, 2012
Emails allegedly hacked from Syrian government accounts, leaked onto the Internet, indicate Iran and Syria are supplying weapons made in Ukraine and Belarus to Hamas in Palestine.
On Monday at 2030 (UTC), 'Par:AnoIA,' one of many Twitter accounts connected to Anonymous, stated that the group would "release a stash of Syrian Government emails in the next 24h, featuring correspondence, cash & weapon deliveries." Three hours later the same user announced a leak of "1 Gigabyte [of] internal emails from [the] Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs" onto the internet.
The first email leaked was called a "teaser", from the Syrian embassy in on November 20, to the British embassy in Belarus. In the communique, the embassy confirms the Iranians are supplying helicopters and Ukrainian made weapons to Hamas, which operates mostly from the Gaza Strip in Palestine. "1.2D projectiles of Ukraine origin found in Egypt and Syria" are some of the weapons being sent to Palestine along with " ".
"Since 2008 Iran is the main transit point for Palestine armament", says the email. It also goes on to say the weapons are made in Ukraine as part of "2008 arms trade operations sanctioned by The [Ukrainian] Minister of Defense Anatoly Gritsenko.
Although evidence could suggest Iran's willingness to supply arms to Hamas, in a report compiled on November 2, by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Iran is trying to stop weapons from being sent into Syria for the (FSA). The report quotes Iran's Supreme leader , who called for the FSA "to lay down their arms to be able to deliver their demands to the Syrian government."((ar)) In regards to the civil war in Syria, Khamenei went on to say that if outside entities "were to provide the opponents in every country of weapons from outside the country, it is natural that the regime responds to opponents"((ar)).
This is not the first time Anonymous has hacked into Syrian government email accounts. In February, the group hacked into 78 Syrian government email accounts and leaked the usernames and passwords associated with them. The accounts accessed reportedly belonged to aides of Syrian president . One of the leaked emails, allegedly written by a press aide at Syria's mission at the UN in New York named Sheherazad Jaafari, talks about Assad's preparation for a December 2011 television interview with ' . In it, Jaafari wrote about ways the Syrian president might be able to manipulate the television audience.
"The American audience doesn't really care about reforms. They won't understand it and they are not interested to do so.... American Psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear that there are 'mistakes' done and now we are 'ﬁxing it.' ... Its[sic] worth mentioning also what is happening now in Wall Street [ ] and the way the demonstrations are been suppressed by police men, police dogs and beatings," wrote Jaafari.