WikiLeaks has a new source of information the “hacktivists” Anonymous. This time they teamed up to release information from a company called Stratfor, a subscription based provider of geopolitical analysis. Stratfor recognized in December that their data servers were breached by Anonymous. Also Stratfor said that the e-mail released by WikiLeaks might have been altered and condemned the “deplorable, unfortunate – and illegal – breach of privacy.”
WikiLeaks will be posting the GIF (Global Intelligence Files) files, they consists on more than five million emails. The emails date from July 2004 until late December 2011. More than 4000 emails mention WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, the still editor-in-chief.
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The website mentions that “Government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money.” And that “the emails reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations”; it mentions companies such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and also government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. And also that Stratfor did secret deals with dozens of media organizations and journalists – from Reuters to the Kiev Post. The list of Stratfor’s “Confederation Partners”, whom Stratfor internally referred to as its “Confed Fuck House” are included in the release. While it is acceptable for journalists to swap information or be paid by other media organizations, because Stratfor is a private intelligence organization that services governments and private clients these relationships are corrupt or corrupting.
The first file was titled “The Stratfor Glossary of Useful, Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms”, that includes vocabulary and terms used by Stratfor.
This is the first time that Anonymous and WikiLeaks work openly together. Wired’s Threat Level blog said that members of Anonymous told them, that the group handed in the information to WikiLeaks because they would be able to analyze and spread the information better.
Everyone will be waiting for more information and details that Anonymous and WikiLeaks have to share and how the world responds to it.
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