By Erika Solomon and Jesse Mirsky
Syrian activists said on Thursday they were sickened by emails which appeared to show President Bashar al-Assad and his wife shopping for pop music and luxury items while the country descended into bloodshed.
More than 3,000 emails from Mr. Assad and his wife, Asma were released on Wednesday, showing that the Assads weren’t always keeping a solemn tone during the year of protests. The emails, not all verified yet, showed Mr. Assad taking advice from Iran on countering the one-year revolt against his rule that has claimed thousands of lives. The emails were first obtained by the Guardian newspaper in the U.K.
British-born Asma was revealed buying jeweled necklaces from Paris, and Mr. Assad downloading music, which activists argued showed the ruling family’s detachment from a crisis that is dragging Syria to the brink of civil war and economic collapse.
“He was downloading iTunes…
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