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: Follow up from STRATFOR and visit

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 275566
Date 2010-03-19 22:15:27
David -

A trust continuum is a fine description - mostly we want to have access to
someone there who can answer questions we may have when following an issue
or if something critical breaks someone we can call to get details
locally. Often these may be things that do not seem important to you but
are to us- and vice versa - although I mostly see us both focusing on
things we mutually see as important. And having you confirm something,
amplify it or put it in context or tell us we're looking at it the wrong
way is all valuable to us.

I have not yet had a chance to hear of your regionscape project but will
be sure to ask Reva about it. We certainly share your interest in not
getting damaged. I will keep you informed of any other collaborations we
move forward with in Turkey. And anything confidential you share with us
will stay with us. I'm glad you had a chance to visit with Reva. I was
speaking with Kamran yesterday and he is also looking at a trip there in
May he told me. So you may see a few of us from Stratfor in the near

So, next steps. Shall I resend the draft collaboration agreement or do you
still have it? If so, feel free to make any suggested revisions you wish
and send back to me. We can get this signed so we can move forward.

I will also keep you informed of George and my plans regarding our June

Take care David and I really do look forward to seeing you again and
visiting Istanbul soon.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Judson []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:38 PMA t
To: Meredith Friedman
Subject: RE: Follow up from STRATFOR and visit

Hi Meredith:

I think this sounds fine. My understanding of the essential model we are
trying to put together is that it is really what I might call a trust
continuum. As I explained to Reva, at the moment we have nothing
particularly concrete to offer beyond what we put on our web site. We have
an idea for an Economist style intelligence unit, shelved since late 2008
when the world became a bit darker, but that remains far from concrete.
So, the value we can offer is to confirm something for you, or amplify or
try and draw a bit of context. Farmers chatting about seed varieties over
the fence, so to speak. Kind of what reasonable should be doing anyway,
not something that necessarily requires reciprocity. In short, I like you
and George. And I like Reva. Your note describes the terms well. I briefed
the editors here on the essence of this after speaking to Reva. So we are
at your service.

Again informally, we are trying to come to a better understanding of our
"near abroad" in particular. Reva may have spoken to you of our
"Regionscape" project which unlike our intelligence unit is very much
alive. Looking over our shoulder, any advice you might give us on this
would be much appreciated.

The concern we share is not getting damaged, having something slip out of
this continuum. This is not something I fear. I am, of course, aware of
who your other potential collaborator is. I am quite sure you can keep
confidences on anything we might share and I know matters will not travel
to these folks. And that is really my only concern, which I say has
effectively been ameliorated. So we're in business.

I should emphasize that the competition between ourselves and the Zaman
group is rather assymetrical. They like to perceive us as a competitor. As
Reva's notes will reflect, they certainly have plenty of nasty things to
say about us, and about me in fact. All which I hope I answered. They do
this publicly from time to time as well. Which we do not. And we wish them
all the best, privately and publicly. We operate in two very different
conceptual planes. I am not sure how best to describe this, but it is
certainly not competition.

The dates you suggest should be fine from here. I have been trying to
organize my own trip to the East Coast but distractions keep popping up.
And while I would like to visit a good friend recently here from Dallas,
that's at last as far as fall. So late May or June will probably be our
best bet. But if we can be of assistance in the interim, please let me
know. By the way, your fellow Emre here is a classmate of one of our
reporters. This might prove useful in some way.

And give my regards to Reva. I enjoyed our dinner very much. And also say
hi to George.



From: Meredith Friedman []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:50 PM
To: David Judson
Subject: Follow up from STRATFOR and visit

Hello David -

Reva is back from her trip to Turkey and has filled me in on her various
meetings. She really enjoyed her time in Turkey and said she loves it the
most of any country she's visited yet...and she gets around quite a bit.

We discussed the issues you've been facing regarding a collaboration with
us and I fully understand. It seems out best approach is to have several
collaborations in Turkey so that we get all points of view and do not
alienate one political perspective over the other. Since we aim for
objectivity that is fine with us and I will pursue that goal. I understand
from Reva that you would be fine with us having several partners in Turkey
as well. Please let me know if that is not the case.

We can move forward any way you would suggest. I have yet to approach the
other news organization Reva suggested but will email them today to begin
a discussion with them about a collaboration as well. We do not plan to
publicize these collaborations anyway, so if you are comfortable moving
forward on our partnership with Hurriyet we can do so or we can wait until
and do them both around the same time. Again, at this stage we are not
looking for you to redistribute our content at all but for more of an
exchange of information, research and some analysis between our analysts
and your journalists.

George and I are planning a visit to Istanbul in early June and I wanted
to give you a heads up to see if you will be there at that time? I'm
thinking somewhere between May 31- June 5. Please let me know if you will
be in Istanbul then so we can meet up again.

I look forward to your reply.

Best regards,


Meredith Friedman
VP, Communications
512 744 4301 - office
512 426 5107 - cell