Thursday, March 01, 2012

WikiLeaks Publishes Sensitive Emails From US Intelligence Firm

WikiLeaks publishes sensitive emails from US intelligence firm

Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:59PM GMT

Whistle blowing website Wikileaks has begun publishing more than five million emails from a US-based global security think thank Stratfor, which has been likened to a shadow CIA.

In a statement released on Monday Wikileaks said the documents would reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods."

“The material contains privileged information about the US government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks,” the statement said.

Stratfor, a Texas-based firm that describes itself as a source of geopolitical analysis to corporate and government clients was targeted by hackers affiliated with the ‘hacktivist’ group known as Anonymous in December.

Anonymous posted online the names, emails and credit card numbers of thousands of Stratfor subscribers, including those of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Vice President Dan Quayle.

"Here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants from the US government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations, and journalists," WikiLeaks' founder,Assange said.

Stratfor subscribers include major corporations, military officials and international government agencies. The US weekly business magazine Barron's has likened Stratfor to a "shadow CIA."

Australian-born Assange, 40, is currently on conditional bail in Britain and fights extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

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