Feeds

Wikileaks regains relevance with Stratfor doc-drop

Media partners queue for daily scoop

Boost IT visibility and business value

Wikileaks has announced a massive document dump of e-mails obtained from Stratfor, which it says demonstrates widespread corruption and even insider trading.

As with its last major document release – the “diplomatic cables” – the organization is working with major press organisations to drip-feed the documents to the public. The five million e-mails to be provided by Wikileaks cover, it claims, everything from informants and payoffs to “payment laundering” techniques.

Wikileaks says the emails also demonstrate the US government’s campaign against it, claiming that the Stratfor documents include “more than 4,000 emails mentioning Wikileaks or Julian Assange”.

If the cables are correct, Stratfor’s informants are paid either through pre-paid credit cards or via Swiss bank accounts. Wikileaks also accuses Stratfor of planning to use its intelligence-gathering to underpin a fund to be known as StratCap.

According to the email excerpted by Wikileaks, StratCap is the brainchild of Shea Morenz (managing director of Goldman Sachs in 2009, when the plan was laid out) and Stratfor CEO George Friedman. The aim of the fund was “to use [Stratfor’s] intelligence and analysis to trade in a range of geopolitical instruments” (such as, for example, government bonds).

Globally, Wikileaks says it’s working with more than 25 media partners at first publication, with more to be announced. Media partners announced so far include Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), Bivol (Bulgaria), CIPER (Chile), Dawn Media (Pakistan), L-Espresso and La Republica (Italy), La Jornada (Mexico), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Malaysia Today (Malaysia), McClatchy and Rolling Stone (US), Nawaat (Tunisia), NRD/ARD (Germany), Owni (France), Pagina 12 (Argentina), Plaza Publica (Guatemala), Publico.es (Spain), Russia Reporter, Ta Nea (Greece), Taraf (Turkey), The Hindu (India), The Yes Men (Bhopal activists) and the New Zealand Herald (New Zealand).

Wikileaks' Global Intelligence Files site is here.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.