Aljazeera describes the confidential Syria documents it obtained:
The files provide an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests, including the lengths the government went to for protecting its strongholds. The documents, running into hundreds of pages, point to a government desperate to keep control of the capital Damascus and include clear orders to stop protesters from getting into the city.
There’s an entire story in that article about an opposition “mole” in a sensitive security post who sent the documents to Aljazeera. But feel free, like me, not to buy that story and instead think of a big-time espionage operation that involves a lot of cash transfer and a nation whose name I will not mention, but who will host the World Cup in 2022.