Wikileaks Publishes Confidential Emails From Stratfor
Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has begun publishing the first of more than five million confidential emails from US-based security think tank Stratfor.
The group said the documents would reveal Stratfor’s “web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods”.
Stratfor’s computers were hacked by the activist group Anonymous in December.
Stratfor boss George Friedman said at the time anyone looking for signs of a vast conspiracy would be disappointed.
The firm warned ahead of the Wikileaks publication that it would make no comment on whether any of the emails were authentic or inaccurate.
“Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimised twice by submitting to questioning about them,” Stratfor said in a statement.
Wikileaks did not say how it acquired the documents, but it is widely assumed to have been given them by the loose-knit hacker group Anonymous, which claimed to have stolen emails, passwords and credit-card details from the Texas-based firm in December.
Wikileaks said the emails date from July 2004 to the end of last year.
“Here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants from the US government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations and journalists,” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told Reuters news agency.