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(18,795 posts)
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:33 AM Mar 2012

Leaked Syrian emails - fallout.

Assad emails: rise of the woman who became key adviser to Syrian leader
On 27 November last year, a young, ambitious woman sent an email to her boss. It contained a single link, to a piece by the BBC correspondent Paul Woods. Woods had been smuggled into the Syrian city of Homs. His subsequent report gave a vivid account of the smouldering rebellion there, crushed two months later in a remorseless government attack.

The woman was the US-educated Hadeel al-Ali; her boss was Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad. The email was sent to a private account used by Assad to communicate with his wife, Asma, other family members, and a handful of trusted advisers. Some 3,000 emails from Assad and his inner circle were leaked by Syria's opposition to the Guardian last week, revealing a first family strangely disconnected from the bloody drama engulfing Syria and its people.

This particular email appears to show Assad was personally told about the presence of western journalists in Homs, slipping into the country via a perilous crossing from Lebanon. In retrospect, it takes on a darker aspect. In February the Sunday Times's Marie Colvin and the French photographer Remi Ochlik died in Homs when Syrian forces – it appears deliberately – targeted their building.

Nir Rosen reporting for Al Jazeera was actually an adviser to Assad

Some tweets about this:
عامر بن هشام ? @amousli Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
@nirrosen Syrian people will not forget that you help Bashar Alassad

13m your friend brent ? @MavisGary Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
RT @umarjones: So.. known scumbag @nirrosen was advising and working with Assad during his massacres. Wow.

Nuff Silence ? @NuffSilence Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Starting with the first batch of articles he wrote about Syria, framing the revolt as sectarian. #NirRosen

51m FE ? @ARABICA11 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
NirRosen spent 2 months in #Syria during uprising, leaked emails showed he is working with Regime and giving them infos about BabaAmer ..

2h TRUTH in Syria ? @luv2live2 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
#Syria tweeps use Nir Rosen's handle @nirrosen as you expose his aid to Assad's regime #SYRIA He aided Assad in killings in BabaAmr

2h Arab ? @khaladk Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
I know! lets call for his resignation! @nirrosen unfollowing MT @DGisSERIOUS Really surprised this nir rosen thing isn't blowing up twitter.
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Comrade Grumpy

(13,184 posts)
3. Well, that settles it. He must be an Assad agent.
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:54 AM
Mar 2012

Or not. This shows that he can be an insensitive jerk, though.


Comrade Grumpy

(13,184 posts)
2. Okay, I don't get it. Nir Rosen is an "advisor to Assad" because why exactly?
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:46 AM
Mar 2012

He did some reporting that Hadal al-Ali approved of?

Other than that, I don't see anything in the materials posted here.

One anonymous tweeter says "emails showed he is working with Regime and giving them infos about BabaAmer."

Where are those emails?

I hope people on all sides will be careful about smearing journalists as collaborating with one side or the other unless there is some real evidence for it.


(18,795 posts)
6. Translated leaked email seen here from Khaled to Assad relaying intelligence information from Rosen
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 01:05 AM
Mar 2012

Translated leaked email seen here from Khaled to Assad relaying intelligence information from Nir Rosen during his stay in Baba Amr Homs

From a verified source that met with the Baba Amr opposition group today, a large shipment of weapons is coming from Libya will be reaching the shores of a nearby country and then they will be smuggled into Syria. These are advanced weapons and most likely it will be coming via an illegal port of Tripoli.

The opposition gave specific instructions to decrease the clashes with the regime’s army in order to save the lives of opposition fighters until the weapon shipment arrives. Nir Rosen was also able to penetrate Baba Amr (the besieged) and he personally informed me that several western journalists entered the area via illegal routes and from the Lebanese border. Among the media envoys are a French and a German journalist. Opposition fighters are monitoring the streets and especially the Khaled Bin Walid Battalion, which has suggested a special operations by its checkpoints and its vicinities. Checkpoints were suggested to be relocated as needed. We must maintain a close watch on these checkpoints and give out orders accordingly.
With all my love and respect

Translation of Arabic in post #5


(18,795 posts)
4. This was predicted in November 2011
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:54 AM
Mar 2012

These stories do not help strengthen the narrative that the regime wants to sell its supporters and the world. In the last few months, Bashar al-Assad seemed to realize that no news from his side is not necessarily good news. Perhaps in an effort to generate a more favorable narrative, a selective few have been granted access to Syria. These journalists, like Robert Fisk, Andrew Gilligan, and Nir Rosen, are vaguely not escorted, but not undercover. Their articles are branded as “exclusive,” “unique,” with unlimited access to “all sides,” commissioned to expose a radically different side of the revolution than what currently floods the regional and international media outlets which have been based on the steady stream of daily videos and eye-witness accounts.

Although these journalists vary in background and expertise, their accounts are similarly framed: focusing on the brewing, deadly sectarianism; proving the existence of an armed opposition; equalizing the regime’s force with the people’s dissent; while casting the protesters’ narrative in a cloud of doubt. Fisk’s recent reportage reads as if he were speaking directly from the presidential palace, or humble, unguarded, “largeish suburban bungalow,” if you are to believe Gilligan. And surprisingly, Nir Rosen’s recent series for Al Jazeera English seems to suffer from the same regime-tainted myopia.

Rosen spent seven weeks this summer in Syria, touring Daraa, Damascus, Homs, Latakia, Hama and Aleppo, speaking as he says, “to all sides.” But from the first article entitled, “The revolution will be weaponized,” it is clear how heavily one-sided this series was designed to be. His focus on the deep, historical grievances of the Alawite (but not Sunni) sect and his endless comparisons of Syria to Iraq casts a distinct air of doom and hopelessness over every piece.


Yes, I listened to an interview with Robert Fisk on Al Jazeera, and there were at least 3 blatant lies.


Comrade Grumpy

(13,184 posts)
6. Are you suggesting a plot by these journalists?
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 01:05 AM
Mar 2012

I can understand the Syrian opposition desire to control media narratives, but trying to paint independent reporters as tools of the regime merely because you don't like what they report seems kind of low.


(18,795 posts)
5. From a tweeter who had obviously understood the Arabic in the attached screen dump
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:57 AM
Mar 2012
ilhan tanir ? @WashingtonPoint Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
!“@luv2live2: Looks like Nir Rosen was part of Assad's intelligenc in Baba Amr,informed him of a shipment #Syria #HOMS


(18,795 posts)
8. Blogs of War
Sat Mar 17, 2012, 01:09 AM
Mar 2012

rqskye @elysee MT JSTrevino: "Nir Rosen collaborated with the Taliban too. This Assad thing is consistent with his character."
33 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

Voomnomore Assad email leaks as sort of a new chapter of WikiLeaks if #NirRosen is implicated in working with the Syrian regime
30 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

nour_bakr Leaked #assad email directly states Nir Rosen was passing on info about opposition to the regime twitlonger.com/show/gfekl4 verified? #syria
26 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

johnpaulpagano This appears to be a better translation of the Assad thug Khaled's email about Nir Rosen: bit.ly/zeQfMg
25 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

nour_bakr How @guardian verified the #assad emails guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar… #Syria #NirRosen
4 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

rqskye @fsa_hq_syria Never talk to journo Nir Rosen, Assad sympathizer + dangerous.He informed on Marie+Remi, + arms shipment for the Opp into SY.
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