Image 1 of 11: All you need is love: The Assad email leaks cause a lion's share of embarrassment. The loving couple exchanged a multitude of motivational and affection notes. In December, an email from Asma to husband Bashar, contained some wifely encouragement: "If we are strong together, we will overcome this together... I love you".
Image 1 of 11: Heart-rending musical angst: Bashar had a soft spot for country music, sending wife lyrics by Blake Shelton plus audio file from iTunes. "walking heartache/..made a mess of me/ The person that I've been lately/ Ain't who I wanna be." Other iTunes found on his iPad: LMFAO & Right Said Fred. 'Don't talk just kiss' & "I'm sexy and I know it".
Image 1 of 11: Harrods: She gravitated to her London roots as a regular spender at upmarket Harrods, where she in recent months shopped for offers on vases, which she had shipped. Perhaps suffering a case of retail therapy under stress.
Image 1 of 11: Fine jewels from a Paris workshop: Her email track record showed ostentatious signs of her silver-spooned upbringing jewelry. In July, she wrote to a cousin asking for specific jeweled necklaces
Image 1 of 11: While her husband committed crimes against humanity she continued to indulge in spending crimes & shoe sprees: Her propensity for the finer things reveals her oblivion to a 'greater' Syria that was suffering loss of life, while she obsessively hunted bargains & additions to her tight packed shoe closet. Her favorite heels? Christian Louboutins.
Image 1 of 11: Her decadent taste ranges from kitchen ware luxuries to hand made furnishings. She ordered bespoke furniture from the upmarket Chelsea corner of London, and anguished over the right 'finishings' to her fancy selections. She spent 10,000 UK pounds on candlesticks, tables and chandeliers, upgrading her 2011-12 collection.
Image 1 of 11: Rubbishing his own reforms: One of a chain of emails to his wife describes his flippant if disdainful attitude to his country's crisis. He expresses enthusiasm to spending time with his wife - rather adopting 'that' as a reform than the 'rubbish laws of parties, elections, media.'
Image 1 of 11: The proof of Iran is in the Assad inbox: Assad received advice from Iran - the emails show correspondence with Iranian 'reps', prep talking the President and offering him tips to toughen up the rhetoric of his speeches, using violent and strong language.
Image 1 of 11: Welcome to Qatar: Qatari princess, daughter to Hamad Bin Kalifa Al Thani, offers up Doha as a refuge for the Assads. In a concerned sincere-sounding email, 'Mayassa' advises Asma to plan rapidly for a safe passage out. She levels with her in a no-nonsense reminder of the fates of other Arab Spring Leader victims and their families.
Image 1 of 11: "The Dude abides". One of Bashar al-Assad's media handlers refers to him as 'The Dude'. The winning pop culture staple of the age and familiar reference to iconic movie character Jeffrey Lebowski ,'The Dude', brings the Dictator down a few pegs. the 'cool' hippie lead famous for his 'just take it easy, man' winning line.
Image 1 of 11: Dictators Love Talent: He loved his viral videos. As much a fan of America's Got Talent as the next civilian, he sent his favorite clips to Asma, such as 'the best illusion of all time'- a man sawing another in half. A fan of illusions, but perhaps more at home with his delusions, using his smoke and mirror tricks to keep up the act.
On the back of the Guardian's vanguard ground work to breaking 'The Assad Emails' into the public domain, here's a look at the juiciest revelations to emerge from this sensational finding. Just yesterday, the UK's newspaper dedicated a special space to these Assad-Leaks. The British publication yesterday and today ran with an exclusive preview into the 'real' cyberlives of President Bashar al-Assad and his First Lady Asma al-Assad when it shared an intimate batch of emails between the leading family and their inner circle. The Guardian emphasized the highly sensitive and private nature to these craftily procured emails, dispatched in a country renowned for its secrecy and tight surveillance. The Guardian came by this email cache through a Syrian informant from the opposition.
The Assad Email Leaks Cause Lion's Share of Embarrassment
According the the Guardian, these emails were sent or received by Assad's wife in the time between March 2011 and Feb 2012. When Syria was flaring up until its climactic March.
The hacked email inbox contains a scanned photo-ID of Bashar himself, along with personal images, documents and video files he had exchanged with wife and his close handlers. These additional indicting attachments allowed the Guardian, already under pressure, to verify the authenticity of these 'leaks'. They assured their readership of their process of checking and re-checking sources in support of the integrity of their findings.
Across the leaks, a picture emerges of the leading couple's (particular the wife's) lavish spending and decadent lifestyle since 2011. Some have branded this luxury wife 'the Marie Antoinette of Syria'. A painfully ironic contrast is explicit as Asma al-Assad obsesses over her hand-picked furnishings and designer shoes, while her population festers in their bloodbath protest.
The most eye-opening revelation disclosed in the emails is undoubtedly Asma Assad's shopping fixation: She covertly shopped under the alias Alia Kayali. She also signed off her emails as AAA. Other shopping items in her online basket, include stylish bullet proof vests for her husband.
More fascinating highlights include leader Bashar receiving advice from Iranian e-links, as well as advice Asma received from the Qatari Sheikh's daughter.
Bashar al-Assad was an avid iPad user, and it would please fans of the late Apple CEO to know that he ordered a copy of Steve Jobs' biography.
Emails are strewn with 'love u's' and kisses, and include Bashar al Assad's offbeat musical taste.