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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.

STRATFOR Reader Response - Taking Stock of WikiLeaks

Released on 2012-02-28 15:00 GMT

Email-ID 1079543
Date 2010-12-15 22:17:42

I don't think there's much of a doubt that there is some legitimacy to
suggestions that WikiLeaks could have been better with redaction. With the
diplomatic cables especially, there has absolutely been a fallout with
cooperative diplomatic persons being outed.

But in the case of Afghanistan, we take a different view. The Taliban is a
adept and aware adversary. And it is a grassroots phenomenon with
considerable local support. These guys watch what U.S. troops do and where
they go extraordinarily closely. So the idea that they need to read U.S.
reports to figure out who is working with the Americans simply does not
ring true to us.

Are the leaks ideal or helpful? Of course not. But the claims of their
danger seem largely overblown to us.

We appreciate your question and close readership.


Nathan Hughes
Military Analysis