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Cyber activist wanted for sharing videos of Syrian protests

(CNN) - A man dedicated to putting protest videos from Syria and other North African and Middle Eastern countries on the internet, and the international spotlight, is one of Syria's most wanted cyber activists.

Malath Aumran, a created personality by 28-year-old Rami Nakhle, had more than 2,000 Facebook followers.

Nakhle often pushed the boundaries of dissident in Syria, with Malath as his alter ego, and is now one of Syria's most wanted.

Before the leak of his identity, no one knew who he was, or that Malath wasn't real.

Nakhle fled to Beirut in fear of arrest a few months ago after authorities banned him from traveling.

But he kept Malath very much alive, posting messages and videos about the protests, and the way the Syrian Security forces are dealing with them.

From his safe house in Lebanon, Nakhle is a hub for Syrian activists to get their message out.

His computer buzzes with information about Syria.

Some connect with him through Skype while others send documents and videos or eyewitness accounts.

He checks them and posts them on Facebook, Twitter and other social forums, to shed light on a situation shrouded in confusion.

"Half of my friends, close friends, they are in jail now in Syria," he said. "And I really have nothing to lose and my role is to talk in media, especially in Arabic TV station."

And that's when his cover was blown.

Nakhle's face was blurred, but he thinks someone in the Syrian secret police recognized his voice.

A message was posted on Malath's Facebook page.

"That's him, al akhdar al arabi nakhla effendi, which means my real name," Nakhle said.

They even knew where he was, and warned him that "the tiger of Syria" could easily reach him in Lebanon.

"And then they are saying either you withdraw your support for the Syrian revolution or we're going to annihilate you, which basically means they are going to kill you," he said.

Nakhle said he was scared for himself and his family.

The next message gave him until midnight to stop posting, or his sister would be arrested.

He decided to go public, and he vows that nothing will stop him.

"From the first time I became activist, I am dreaming this moment and I know this moment will come sometime when the people go to the street and they chanting for freedom. But I also know that there is a price for this," he said.

The price is as of yet, unknown.

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