WikiLeaks plans to publish The Global Intelligence Files more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011.
These emails 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 Defense Intelligence Agency.
Wikileaks says the emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example:
"[Y]ou have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control... This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase" CEO George Friedman to Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011, on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala, Hugo Chavez.
The material contains privileged information about the US government's attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor's own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.
In a press release Wikileaks says "The Global Intelligence Files exposes how Stratfor has recruited a global network of informants who are paid via Swiss banks accounts and pre-paid credit cards. Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and journalists around the world."
The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients. For example, Stratfor monitored and analysed the online activities of Bhopal activists, including the "Yes Men", for the US chemical giant Dow Chemical. The activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. The disaster led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.
Like WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, much of the significance of the emails will be revealed over the coming weeks, as the public search through them and discover connections.
WikiLeaks has also obtained Stratfor's list of informants and, in many cases, records of its payoffs, including $1,200 a month paid to the informant "Geronimo" , handled by Stratfor's Former State Department agent Fred Burton.
WikiLeaks has built an investigative partnership with more than 25 media organisations and activists to inform the public about this huge body of documents. The organisations were provided access to a sophisticated investigative database developed by WikiLeaks and together with WikiLeaks are conducting journalistic evaluations of these emails. The partners list includes:
Al Akhbar Lebanon http://english.al-akhbar.com
Al Masry Al Youm Egypt http://www.almasry-alyoum.com
Bivol Bulgaria http://bivol.bg
CIPER Chile http://ciperchile.cl
Dawn Media Pakistan http://www.dawn.com
L'Espresso Italy http://espresso.repubblica.it
La Repubblica Italy http://www.repubblica.it
La Jornada Mexico www.jornada.unam.mx/
La Nacion Costa Rica http://www.nacion.com
Malaysia Today Malaysia www.malaysia-today.net
McClatchy United States http://www.mcclatchy.com
Nawaat Tunisia http://nawaat.org
NDR/ARD Germany http://www.ard.de
Owni France http://owni.fr
Pagina 12 Argentina www.pagina12.com.ar
Plaza Publica Guatemala http://plazapublica.com.gt
Publico.es Spain www.publico.es
Rolling Stone United States http://www.rollingstone.com
Russia Reporter Russia http://rusrep.ru
Ta Nea Greece - http://www.tanea.gr
Taraf Turkey http://www.taraf.com.tr
The Hindu India www.thehindu.com
The Yes Men Bhopal Activists Global http://theyesmen.org
Nicky Hager for NZ Herald New Zealand http://www.nzherald.co.nz