LONDON (AP) — Leaked company emails and senior employees say that two European contractors were putting the finishing touches on Syria's encrypted radio system as the revolt against Damascus got under way last year.
Documents made available to The Associated Press and other media organizations by the WikiLeaks organization show that Greece's Intracom S.A. and Italy's Selex Elsag, a unit of Finmeccanica S.p.A., spent years building a Syria-wide communications network and equipped the government with thousands of walkie-talkies, motorcycle-mounted radio units and avionic transceivers used in helicopters.
Both companies say they've complied with sanctions rules, and experts say the transfers were likely to have been legal.
But the leaked documents give an unusually detailed look at the communications help Western companies have been providing Syria's regime.
- Foreign Policy