Thanks to help from its 25 global media partners, WikiLeaks has started publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Strategic Forecasting Inc aka 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 Stratfor emails reveal a company that cultivates close ties with US government agencies and employs former US government staff. It is preparing the 3-year Forecast for the Commandant of the US Marine Corps, and it trains US marines and "other government intelligence agencies" in "becoming government Stratfors".
Stratfor's Vice-President for Intelligence, Fred Burton, was formerly a special agent with the US State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and was their Deputy Chief of the counterterrorism division. Despite the governmental ties, Stratfor and similar companies operate in complete secrecy with no political oversight or accountability.
Stratfor claims that it operates "without ideology, agenda or national bias", yet the emails reveal private intelligence staff who align themselves closely with US government policies and channel tips to the Mossad – including through an information mule in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Melman, who conspired with Guardian journalist David Leigh to secretly, and in violation of WikiLeaks' contract with the Guardian, move WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables to Israel.
There's one initial email that should catch your eye, one imagines, is from Stratfor's founder and CEO, George Friedman, about the company getting funding from former Goldman Sachs managing director Shea Morenz to start a hedge fund called StratCap.
Day later update: Julian Assange: "Stratfor is a Private Intelligence Enron"
According to this morning's edition of Reuters, Stratfor has refused to answer questions about this email dump, allegedly stolen from their servers by Anonymous hackers, but have suggested that some of the content 'may be forged, altered.'
March 7th update: in a revelation that seems to support Syrian Girl's unbelievable claims of INSIDE JOB on the Arab Spring, INFOWARS reveals that...
A shocking email leaked as part of the Wikileaks Stratfor data dump reveals that the Pentagon is planning to direct terror attacks and assassinations inside Syria in a bid to topple President President Bashar al-Assad.
The email, written by Reva Bhalla, Stratfor’s Director of Analysis, contains details of a December 6 Pentagon meeting attended by members of the USAF strategic studies group along with four military officers at the Lieutenant Colonel level, “including one French and one British representative.”