Other e-mails revealed that she spent thousands on jewellery and furniture. These wasteful purchases continued even if Syrians suffered hunger and suppression through the years. Ms al-Assad paid about $17000 worth on candlesticks, tables and chandeliers from Paris.
In 2011, a write up from Vogue magazine described her as "a rose in the dessert." The article painted her as a forward-thinking woman in the Arab world. As compared to the previous first lady, she seemed to be passionate about protecting the lives of the children.
In an interview with CNN, Vogue writer, Joan Juliet Buck, admitted that she was misled when she wrote the article. And, now that she learned that Mr al-Assad had killed children, she cannot help but wonder how the woman she knew will protect children now supports her husband in his dictatorship.
"I wondered how this English woman I had met who so believed in the youth of Syria could stand by and not do anything. I fell for the line this woman fed me," Ms Buck said.
Indeed, there were times when MS al-Assad, thus, focused on children. In a 2009 interview with CNN, Ms al-Assad said that she would not tolerate an oppressive and violent regime in relation to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She said that she was deeply pained whenever a child suffered when being caught in the crossfire.
But in the wake of the recent Syria chemical attack, Ms al-Assad was no longer to be found.
On the very day that a massive anti-Assad rally in Hama was happening, Ms al-Assad sent an e-mail to a London art dealer inquiring about tens of thousands of dollars worth of art.
In an Aug. 28, 2013 write-up from Shahab Ahmad of PolicyMic, Ms al-Assad was given the benefit of the doubt.
"Given her unique situation as a first lady, she also may believe she has no outlet or way to escape without certain death or injury to herself or her children. Asma is also surrounded by a network of family that is heavily entrenched in the political and social underpinnings of Syrian affairs. It is highly likely that she would not receive any sort of physical or moral support from family if she decided to leave Bashar."
Get to know the Syrian first lady more in a video from CNN below: