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.

RE: Confederation Projects for Turkey

Released on 2012-03-03 08:00 GMT

Email-ID 274307
Date 2010-03-18 18:50:55
As I said yesterday you can introduce me by email and I'll handle the
explanation of what we are interested in doing etc...just think it would
be appropriate for you to connect us rather than me emailing them cold.


From: Reva Bhalla []
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:05 PM
To: Meredith Friedman
Subject: Re: Confederation Projects for Turkey
cool, this helps
On Mar 17, 2010, at 3:03 PM, Meredith Friedman wrote:

This is not about published material, it's about a relationship where we
can ask questions when there's a critical event in a certain country.
Here is an outline of a draft initial letter I would send to someone who
doesn't know STRATFOR very well. I amend it and fit it to each case and
often leave out parts altogether. AS you can see there is nothing here
that would bring up the shadow cia reputation. We are clearly producers
of international affairs news.

We are looking to develop a relationship with a news organization in
Ukraine and thought Kyiv Post would be a good potential partner for
STRATFOR. We are looking for a news organization with which we can
exchange ideas, information and reports about items of interest to our
analysts at STRATFOR. In return we would offer you access to our
analysis, share information and reports and give some exclusive
interviews to your journalists at Kyiv Post. Ukraine is an important
country in the region and we would like to be able to access a better
level of information and understanding by working directly with some of
Kyiv Post's journalists.

STRATFOR focuses only on international affairs issues and we do not
cover areas that many traditional news organizations cover such as
sports, the arts or advertising. Our focus is on understanding global
events through the view of geopolitics. We also have a security team
that analyzes and collects information on issues of security that would
affect people traveling on business or leisure throughout the world.
That team focuses on terrorism, drug trafficking, kidnappings and things
of that nature relating to personal and corporate security.

What I propose is that we give you a complimentary account to so you can read for yourself and get better acquainted with
our products. We would then offer access to a small group of your
journalists (who you would designate) and would exchange information,
research and analysis with them. We would provide one point of contact
here at STRATFOR to work with a main point of contact at your end who
you would designate.

The result we are looking for is a deeper understanding of Ukraine and
the region for STRATFOR's readers. We would hopefully provide your
readers with a better understanding of areas you are interested in as
well. This relationship can only increase the excellence of both our
products and will hopefully lead to further collaboration in the future
as we get to know and work with each other successfully. I see the first
stage as the "getting to know" each other phase and strengthening our
products to improve our news gathering and production.

If you are interested in moving forward on this idea I will send you a
draft agreement that you can look over and add your own comments or
revisions. Meanwhile, would you like to have a STRATFOR account set up
in your name so you can access our analyses and reports? If there is
someone else who should have access in addition to you please send me
their email addresses as well.


From: Reva Bhalla []
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 2:54 PM
To: Meredith Friedman
Subject: Re: Confederation Projects for Turkey
sure, i was just asking how you explain the collaboration because the
zaman guys are an interesting case... we'll have to be careful with this
shadow CIA reputation
will also help me reach out to other potential confederation partners if
I can understand better how you explain the collaboration. otherwise a
lot of ppl come back with 'we publish everything on our web site'
On Mar 17, 2010, at 2:50 PM, Meredith Friedman wrote:

Introduce me as the VP of Communications for STRATFOR and say that I
would like to discuss with them the idea of a collaboration between
STRATFOR and X to exchange information, research and ideas that are
useful to our analysts and to their journalists. I'll get into the
rest. Does that work?


From: Reva Bhalla []
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 2:42 PM
To: Meredith Friedman
Subject: Re: Confederation Projects for Turkey
yeah, it seems like you and George met with the nationalist/secularist
types, but the Gulen/AKP faction is extremely important as well. I'll
follow up with the Cihan/Zaman guys and the EnergyReport contact. can
you send me a quick brief on how you typically explain the information
exchange to these agencies? that will help me set this up for you.
On Mar 17, 2010, at 2:38 PM, Meredith Friedman wrote:

I'm going to follow up with David Judson then...and what about the
Today's Zaman guys? I just checked and of all the several dozen
journalists we met there and who interviewed George there were none
from Zaman. Do you want to email the main person thee who you think
I should follow up with and cc me and introduce us? You can do the
same with the best person at Energy Report as well.


From: Reva Bhalla []
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 10:43 PM
To: Meredith Friedman
Subject: Confederation Projects for Turkey
Cihan News Agency -- owns Zaman, Today's Zaman and other major
Turkish media agencies
Cihan provides news to: CNN International, BBC, NBC, MTV, CBS, ABC,
Al-Jazeera, Abu Dhabi Tv, ARD, ZDF, SAT 1, TF1, Canal +, RAI, Tve,
Antena 3, TV2 Denmark, Nos Tv, MJTV, NTV Japan, KBS, NTV Russia,
TV6, IRIB, MEGA Channel, Bloomberg, MSMBC, ANS, Lider Tv and others.
They have staff in Central Asia, Mideast, Balkans, Europe, South
America, Africa, Far East. Permanent offices in places like Gaza,
Kabul, Arbil.
Political ideology: Gulenist/loyal to ruling AKP
My contact: Abdulhamit Bilici ( - General
Director of Cihan News Agency and columnist for Zaman
Today's Zaman -- English-language version of Zaman; direct
competitor to Hurriyet
Has partnership with British daily The Times
Political ideology: Gulenist/loyal to ruling AKP
My contact: Bulent Kenes ( - Editor in Chief
of Today's Zaman (both he and Bilici are extremely influential
within the Gulen movement.)
Additional contact: Ali Aslan - columnist for
Today's Zaman, based in Washington, DC
Note -- I had a preliminary discussion with Mr. Bilici and Mr. Kenes
about a partnership when I met with them at Zaman HQ in Istanbul. I
also know their primary contact in DC. They would need a bit more
explanation and coaxing. Their immediate response was that they
publish all the information that they get on their Web site. What we
would have to better explain is that we're looking for a direct
partnership. If we have a deal with Hurriyet, then we should also
have a deal with Cihan/Zaman to balance out politically.
Dogan News Agency - owns Hurriyet, Turkish Daily News and others
Direct competitor to Cihan News Agency
Political ideology: A lot more neutral, but more in line with the
nationalist/secularist camp
Contacts: Haluk Tukel - CEO of Dogan media group and
Secretary-General of TUSIAD - main business association dominated by
nationalist/secularists; David Judson, editor in chief of Hurriyet
-; Taylan Bilgic - managing editor of
Hurriyet -

Note -- had dinner with David Judson, who explained why he was
hesitant before to sign a deal with STRATFOR since Dogan media has
been under attack by the Gulenists and AKP and are facing major tax
evasion fines. They didnt want to also get branded as working with a
'shadow CIA'. Now he feels they have enough partnerships under his
belt to move forward with STRATFOR. My meeting with Haluk Tukel got
cancelled last minute, but we're in touch via email and I think I'll
be able to meet him when he's in DC in a couple weeks.
EnergyReport - An energy-focused magazine written in Turkish and
English. Launched January 2010, monthly circulation.
Contacts: Gulcin Fatma Kabasakalli (, +90 530
363 14 84); Faruk Demir - ( 0.530.592 46 09)
This is a very polished energy publication run by the topmost energy
expert in Turkey, Faruk Demir and his assistant, Fatma Kabasakalli,
who is the editor in chief. Faruk Demir was formerly on the Turkish
national security council. Now he conducts a lot of energy
negotiations on behalf of Turkey, but keeps a bit of distance from
the government to give him some flexibility. He and his assistant
are extremely well-connected. The magazine also has a lot of good
analysis and insider information. They are already planning on
publishing one of George's weeklies in their next publication. I'll
bring a copy of the magazine when I come to Austin next week. If we
set up a formal partnership with them, we can have regular access to
the best resources on Turkey's energy relations with Russia,
Azerbaijan, Europe, Central Asia, US, etc. This would be extremely
useful for our source efforts. I met with Faruk and Fatma for lunch
while in Istanbul and discussed a partnership with Fatma. I will be
seeing Faruk in DC in a couple weeks.