Monday, February 27, 2012

'Shadow CIA' buys state secrets for cash via Swiss bank accounts, claims WikiLeaks as it releases 'stolen' files

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks today started to publish more than five million confidential emails from the global intelligence company Stratfor.

The emails, dated from July 2004 to late December 2011, are said to reveal the 'inner workings' of US-based firm known as the 'Shadow CIA'.

Among the allegations to emerge is that Stratfor's claim to be a media organisation providing a subscription intelligence newsletter is a front for 'running paid informants networks' and 'laundering those payments through the Bahamas, through Switzerland, through private credit cards'.

Stratfor 'is monitoring Bhopal activists for Dow Chemicals, Peta activities for Coca-Cola', WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed at a press conference in London today.

The group said the emails show Stratfor's 'web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods'.

WikiLeaks claims the company 'fronts as an intelligence publisher', but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations.

It says these number Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Read More