(Washington Times) The State Department on Thursday insisted that the communications equipment it has provided to opposition groups in Syria is capable of resisting penetration from spies working for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The United States has sent about 2,000 pieces of equipment from phones to computers and cameras.

“They are all designed to be independent from and able to circumvent the Syrian domestic network, precisely for the reason of keeping them safe, keeping them secure from regime tampering, regime listening and regime interruption,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

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