Moscow, SANA – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed a plan concocted by the former US Ambassador to Syria 9 years ago that involves a series of conspiracies aiming to overthrow the Syrian leadership using extremists.

In an exclusive interview given to Russia’s RT channel, Assange discussed some of the material included in his new book which is titled “The WikiLeaks Files” and talked about the “US empire” and America’s foreign policy and intelligence work.

In a chapter of the book dedicated to Syria, Assange reveals that former US Ambassador in Damascus William Roebuck had sent a cable in 2006 which included a plan for the overthrow of the Syrian leadership, and that plan involved using “a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there’s a coup” and subsequently make the Syrian government announce that it has a problem with extremists crossing over the border with Iraq, that it will take actions against them, and that is somehow supposed to “make the Syrian government look weak, the fact that it is dealing with Islamic extremists at all,” and would ultimately foster sectarian tensions and strife.

In the interview, Assange noted that some of the cables he published discuss the situation in Syria in a vague way that requires reading between the lines to figure out their contents, but in the aforementioned cable was very blatant about the US intentions regarding Syria.

Back in June, Assange published leaked documents from the Saudi foreign ministry revealing that there was a covert agreement in 2012 between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey to overthrow the Syrian government.

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Assange, who leaked thousands of leaked secret documents and files, has been granted asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 following a British court’s decision to arrest him and extradite him to Sweden, where he faces the threat of being extradited to the US where he could be tried for publishing US military and diplomatic documents.

Hazem Sabbagh

 

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