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By Hannah Roberts

Last updated at 6:34 PM on 12th February 2012

A US-based spin doctor advised Syria’s beleaguered despot on how to manipulate the sympathies of the American public, it has emerged.

New York based PR Sheherazad Jaafari coached President Bashar Al-Assad for a US TV interview that aired in December, telling him, the ‘American psyche can be easily manipulated’, according to emails leaked by hackers.

Ja’afari, a press attaché at the Syrian UN Mission, sent the emails to Assad’s media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban, about ten days before the TV interview with ABC News; Barbara Walters, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

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Spin machine: New York-based PR Sheherazade Jafari coached President Bashar Al-Assad for a TV interview with ABC News' Barbara WaltersSpin machine: New York-based PR Sheherazad Jaafari coached President Bashar Al-Assad, left, for a TV interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters, right

The deeply cynical email advises him to admit mistakes were made in Syria, and point out the heavy-handed treatment of Occupy demonstrators on American…

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