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WikiLeaks publishes Stratfor e-mails

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks began publishing on Monday more than five million emails from a US-based global security analysis company that has been likened to a shadow CIA.

business Updated: Feb 29, 2012 15:44 IST

WikiLeaks on Monday began publishing more than five million confidential e-mails from US-based intelligence firm Stratfor, the anti-secrecy group said.

The messages, which date between July 2004 and December 2011, will reveal Stratfor’s “web of informers,pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods,” claimed a WikiLeaks press release.

“The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients,” it added.

WikiLeaks promises that the latest leak will highlight Stratfor’s attempts to “subvert” the website and expose the US's attempts to “attack” WiliLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Stratfor, founded by George Friedman in 1996, describes itself as “a subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis.”

WikiLeaks said Stratfor did secret deals with media organisations and journalists. WikiLeaks, claimed, to have 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.

First Published: Feb 27, 2012 14:11 IST