Selex, an American subsidary of the Italian company Finmeccanica, sold technology called Tetra to the Syrian government, according to the first of about 2.5 million Syrian-government emails to be released by WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks spokeswoman Sarah Harrison told reporters today in London, Thursday, "This technology allows police forces to communicate in a secure and reliable manner. The database demonstrates that selling assistance and training by Selex continued through to this year."
Harrison relayed a statement from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that said, "The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria's opponents. It helps us not merely to criticize one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it." Assange is currently seeking asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London from possible extradition to Sweden to face questions about alleged sexual misconduct there.