Wikileaks dumps 5 million Stratfor e-mails

I first read about this on Twitter but here's the intro to the press release.

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

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Tweet-stream.

For example, here's a gem that might be interesting to some.

That's all I've got for now; I've got to go make some popcorn.

Whoah. Since they're also playing the markets as an equity fund, that's a big impetus to push particular rumors (whether true or not) to allow their speculative arm to profit.

That's CONFLICT OF INTEREST in skywriting.

stratfor.com used to be my go-to international news site before they went behind a massive paywall. Same for anyone I knew who'd studied, or worked in, politics. It was the only news site that actually offered realpolitik rather than spin.

Maq wrote:

stratfor.com used to be my go-to international news site before they went behind a massive paywall. Same for anyone I knew who'd studied, or worked in, politics. It was the only news site that actually offered realpolitik rather than spin.

The Economist?

Axon wrote:
Maq wrote:

stratfor.com used to be my go-to international news site before they went behind a massive paywall. Same for anyone I knew who'd studied, or worked in, politics. It was the only news site that actually offered realpolitik rather than spin.

The Economist?

Yeah, that's the next best thing.

The only thing of note here is if they're paying for leaks of classified information. Otherwise they're just aggregating and analyzing news, similar to Jane's. It's not really a shock that military contractors and governments want their take on things. That's what Stratfor is (strat)for.

LobsterMobster wrote:

The only thing of note here is if they're paying for leaks of classified information. Otherwise they're just aggregating and analyzing news, similar to Jane's. It's not really a shock that military contractors and governments want their take on things. That's what Stratfor is (strat)for.

Are you in marketing? Perhaps you should be.

Strat-for (spinning logo), this what we're here for (bling!)

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Strat-for (spinning logo), this what we're here for (bling!)

Spinning logos cost extra!

The thing Grumpy linked to reminded me of the emails you'd find from MJ-12's HR department in Deus Ex.

H.P. Lovesauce wrote:

The thing Grumpy linked to reminded me of the emails you'd find from MJ-12's HR department in Deus Ex.

That's how they got the passwords to the archive database!

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Malor wrote:

Whoah. Since they're also playing the markets as an equity fund, that's a big impetus to push particular rumors (whether true or not) to allow their speculative arm to profit.

That's CONFLICT OF INTEREST in skywriting.

Definitely seems to undermine their credibility. Plus the fact that the head honcho has to spend multiple paragraphs explaining and defending the choice should tell him that it is a bad idea.

Oso wrote:
H.P. Lovesauce wrote:

The thing Grumpy linked to reminded me of the emails you'd find from MJ-12's HR department in Deus Ex.

That's how they got the passwords to the archive database!

I was thinking Shadow Broker actually.