Anonymous joined WikiLeaks to publish more than five million emails from the U.S.-based global security analysis company known as STRATFOR.
Some of the emails being published “may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies; some may be authentic,” the company said. Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice by submitting to questioning about them”.
STRATFOR, previously known as Strategic Forecasting, Inc., is a global intelligence company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas by George Friedman who is the founder, chief intelligence officer, and CEO of the company.
Since its inception in 1996, STRATFOR has published a daily intelligence briefing. Its rise to prominence occurred with the release of its Kosovo Crisis Center during the 1999 NATO airstrikes over Kosovo. Before the end of 1999, however, STRATFOR had introduced a subscription service through which it offered the majority of its analyses. At the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, STRATFOR made its “breaking news” paragraphs, as well as some notable analyses predicting likely actions to be taken by al-Qaeda and the Bush administration, available freely to the public.
STRATFOR has some products available to the public including private briefings, corporate memberships, a publishing business that includes written and multimedia analysis and an iPhone application. STRATFOR has been cited by media such as CNN, Bloomberg, the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times and the BBC as an authority on strategic and tactical intelligence issues.Barron’s once referred to it as “The Shadow CIA”.
WikiLeaks did not say how it had acquired access to the vast haul of internal and external correspondence of the Austin, Texas based company and people linked to Anonymous took credit for the data theft. “Congrats on the amazing partnership between #Anonymous and #WikiLeaks to make all 5 million mails public,” AnonSec Tweeted. Hackers linked to the Anonymous hackers group said at the beginning of the year they had stolen the email correspondence of some 100 of the firm’s employees.
The emails, snatched by hackers, could unmask sensitive sources and throw light on the murky world of intelligence-gathering by the company which counts Fortune 500 companies among its subscribers.