via Human Rights Watch

Former detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and, in many cases, the commanders in charge of 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies, Human Rights Watch said in a multimedia report released today. The systematic patterns of ill-treatment and torture that Human Rights Watch documented clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment and therefore constitute a crime against humanity. – Human Rights Watch

AS NEWS WIKILEAKS will release 2.4 million Syrian emails is reported, it comes in the same week Human Rights Watch reveals the scope of President Bashar al-Assad’s villainy, which has been on display through Syria’s escalating civil was.

Earlier this year Anonymous hacked into Syrian servers, releasing emails, with the Guardian also publishing emails from the opposition to Assad. From the Los Angeles Times, with “embarrassing” details promised in the email dump:

WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison told journalists at London’s Frontline Club that the emails reveal interactions between the Syrian government and Western companies, although she declined to go into much further detail.

Harrison quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as saying that “the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s external opponents.”

The article went on to say that Wikileaks is “statistically confident” the material was authentic.