Zaman al-Wasl says the list was part of a trove of 1.7 million government documents leaked by Damascus-based sources in 2015.
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Typing in first, last and father's names into the online list, Syrians abroad hold their breath to learn if a long-awaited visit to Damascus would land them in government prison or potentially far worse.Since then, Azm has spoken out actively against Assad, so was unfazed to see his name on the list.Zaman al-Wasl says the list was part of a trove of 1.7 million government documents leaked by Damascus-based sources in 2015 .When a first installment of 500,000 names was released in early March, exiled Syrian opposition figures began sending each other the link.Still, when Zeina learned of the database, her heart began racing.She left Syria in 2012 after two stints in regime jails for demonstrating and wondered if she'd face a third arrest."I never considered not searching, because I'd rather know," Zeina said, using a pseudonym.As each third of the database was released, she punched in her real name, but it generated no criminal record. Even people living outside regime control in Syria have used Zaman al-Wasl's database.
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