Whistleblowing organisation Wikileaks has published 5 million emails, thought to have been taken by Anonymous, from the global intelligence company Stratfor.
Wikileaks said in a statement that the company “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.”
One of the emails, from CEO George Friedman, allegedly gave instruction to another analyst on how to extort information from an Israeli intelligence informant about Hugo Chavez: “You have to take control of him,” he said. “Control means financial, sexual or psychological control.”
One reason Stratfor appears dangerous is because it is a private company which also acts as a securities agency for governments, allegedly using an extensive network of paid informants. Wikileaks claims that Stratfor staff influence policy makers in the States and feed in tips to Israel’s secret services, Mossad. Stratfor is also alleged to have made “secret deals” with “dozens” of news outlets, including Reuters and the Guardian. Wikileaks public figurehead Julian Assange has openly traded blows with the Guardian in the past.
Wikileaks also claims that Stratfor maintains close ties with ex Goldman Sachs bigwig Shea Morenz, who is workign with Friedman to build a ‘new’ company called StratCap – which will reportedly rely on Stratfor’s informants to generate profits while trading in government bonds and currencies. Morenz is on the board.
The full list of emails is available on Wikileaks’ Global Intellegence Files page, here. Wikileaks believes that dedicated members of the public will sift through the millions of files to unearth more news.