Strategic Forecasting Inc. (STRATFOR) is a company started in 1996 providing “global intelligence” services. This means that they provide what is known as “subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis”. More importantly, according to Wikileaks, they provide “confidential intelligence analysis” to some big shot companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, the US Dept. of Homeland Security and Dow Chemicals of the Union Carbide ill-repute.
Today, Wikileaks went live with staggered posts of over five thousand emails from STRATFOR, much of which has to do with the company’s attempt to show “privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks”, as stated by RWW. Many of these emails also show how STRATFOR has engaged in malpractice in the name of security consulting:-
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.
We will have more as the news comes.