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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.

The Weekly

Released on 2012-02-28 15:00 GMT

Email-ID 399448
Date 2010-12-16 01:18:36
Congratulations on your Weekly. I very much agree with it, and it deserves
wider circulation by one means or another.
The problem is that while Stratfor and some other outlets - as well as
insiders - have known and do appreciate what is going on in the world, the
vast majority of people have not. I'm not talking about the great unwashed
here - the people who fall over for Oprah Winfrey or who don't read the
news - but even the so called sophisticates and other couch potatoes who
pretend to be well informed. This includes a good many media folk, and
most of those who pose as television pundits. When I have said - in this
case on CNBC - that negotiations have been going on with the Taliban
(before they actually were announced), that Germany was moving closer to
Russia, that the US could not defend Georgia, to take some examples, I
have been greeted with incredulity by my well educated, mostly American,
interlocutors. I studied the debates on Afghanistan in the UK and
Australian parliaments line for line, and there was very little to suggest
that any significant politician was as well informed as the ordinary
Stratfor subscriber. They repeated the well rehearsed slogans about
'fighting terrorism' and 'supporting the troops'. I've also read columns
of stuff in so called serious newspapers like the FT, The Observer etc
etc. With some exceptions, most need a reality check. As you've said many
times, they are too concerned on reporting what people say (largely spin)
rather than what they actually do.
So it is not surprising that these people were given a wake up cal by the
WikiLeaks stuff, because they were not paying attention, which is a real
problem. In that sense, in my view, WL has served a purpose.
If anything it proves the need for more of the chattering classes and
media to subscribe to Stratfor. You could take half a dozen of the more
sensatonal WL leaks and say: 'If you'd subscribed to Stratfor you would
have known this a year ago". They would then have known that the Saudis
were in a fret about Iran long before Assange got round to telling them.
He's obviously has delusions of his own importance, but I don;t seem him
as a criminal. He does need to keep his dick under control.
Colin Chapman