The Guardian says it has seen over three thousand of Bashar Al Assad and his wife's emails. I don't know if they are true or not yet, but they seem pretty damn genuine. They are hardly a smoking gun, and instead they show you a president and his wife who seem more interested in doing online shopping and swapping silly Youtube clips than anything else. There is something in there which almost acknowledges what is happening in the country: tips about interviewing; tips about preventing demonstrators from taking over squares; and tips to stop blaming al Qaeda for bombings in Aleppo. It was interesting to see a first lady who seemed very interested in shoes and jewellery and not much else. I do sincerely hope that this riles the Assad's, in fact I've just heard that the Guardian's website has been blocked by Syrian ISP's. If so, this is definitely going to help erode whatever is left of Bashar's aura. I don't think it is true that somebody in the inner circle betrayed the regime, that might be to confuse the regime as to how the emails were actually acquired. Oh well, the fun never stops.