WikiLeaks logo
The Global Intelligence Files,
files released so far...

The Global Intelligence Files

The Global Intelligence Files

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date 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 Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.

[alpha] INSIGHT - CHINA/AUSTRALIA - Gillard Visit - CN65

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 1033040
Date 2011-04-28 15:52:19
ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government and
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator

Some high level impressions for you.
Gillard has caved in on human rights. Her comments on human rights in
China were prefaced with "this is an issue which we'll disagree..." which
is code for "you can ignore this because we know you will".
The Labor govt have taken a tough line on foreign investment lately and
recent cyber attacks will have fortified that view in Canberra. In
addition BHP will be telling them they have excess capital and don't need
Chinese investment funds as they can't invest what they have.
The talk of closer defence ties with China is puzzling at face value but
probably doesn't mean much. We already have military exchanges and the CDF
does an annual visit to meet his Chinese counterpart. The statement didn't
offer anything new.
Korea was just for the anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong and because
Gillard had to have an excuse to be absent from Australia on Anzac Day. No
business was done there with the ROK govt.
Japan is a different kettle of fish. In spite of WW2 Japan has long been a
major trade partner. Gillard's statements there should be taken at face
value. She will also have been trying to figure out Japan's real economic
Economically the real joker in the pack was the place she didn't visit -
India. China will be aware the Aust govt has allowed 100% Indian ownership
of two major resource projects in the Galilee whereas Chinese resource
investment has been subject to strict conditions since Sept 2009 and a
number of takeovers of similar or smaller size have been vetoed.
The Gillard visit to China should be examined not in the context of what
they got, but what China didn't get.

Jennifer Richmond
China Director
Director of International Projects
(512) 744-4324


Benjamin Preisler
+216 22 73 23 19