Wikileaks Releases The Global Intelligence Files


Wikileaks Releases The Global Intelligence Files

Reposted from wikileaks.org

LONDON—Today, Monday 27 February, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global
Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the
Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The emails
date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the
inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher,
but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations,
such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman,
Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of
Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence
Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure,
payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example :
“[Y]ou have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or
psychological control… This is intended to start our conversation on
your next phase” – CEO George Friedman to Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla
on 6 December 2011, on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant
providing information on the medical condition of the President of
Venezuala, Hugo Chavez.

The material contains privileged information about the US government’s
attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts
to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning
WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. The emails also expose the revolving door
that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States.
Government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor
advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money.
The Global Intelligence Files exposes how Stratfor has recruited a
global network of informants who are paid via Swiss banks accounts and
pre-paid credit cards. Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt
informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and
journalists around the world.

The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they
target individuals for their corporate and government clients. For
example, Stratfor monitored and analysed the online activities of Bhopal
activists, including the “Yes Men”, for the US chemical giant Dow
Chemical. The activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union
Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. The disaster led to thousands of
deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting
environmental damage.

Stratfor has realised that its routine use of secret cash bribes to get
information from insiders is risky. In August 2011, Stratfor CEO George
Friedman confidentially told his employees : “We are retaining a law
firm to create a policy for Stratfor on the Foreign Corrupt Practices
Act. I don’t plan to do the perp walk and I don’t want anyone here doing
it either.”

Reposted from wikileaks.org

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