On November 15, 2013, Loretta A. Preska (born January 7, 1949 in Albany, New York) a Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and a former nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed down an extremely harsh sentence to Mr. Jeremy Hammond for being entrapped by a an FBI informant into hacking the Stratfor Global Intelligence e-mails servers, in a case she should have removed herself from due to the fact that her husband works with Stratfor and had some minor personal information revealed (reportedly his e-mail address) in the Stratfor hack.
On 1 February, 2010, Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla sent an "Insight" to Stratfor analysts regarding the plane crash, which included accounts from several sources of the peculiar circumstances surrounding the flight. Bhalla says that a Lebanese military source (with level B reliability) claimed there were 20 Hezbollah operatives on the plane transporting explosives to deliver to Hezbollah sleeper cells in Uganda and Kenya. Another source, called a "Hezbollah media source," (who Bhalla later comments is of course highly prone to disinfo and his information should be regarded as suspect)
Now that WikiLeaks has started publishing email conversations between Stratfor employees, a private company dedicated to collecting intelligence, Turks have come face-to-face with the reality of how Westerners in the country collect information.
A release by WikiLeaks of emails from an American intelligence think-tank reveals a view of New Zealand that is at odds with the US's diplomatic position. The website has published a series of internal emails of security company Stratfor, in which analysts express their true feelings about New Zealand's role in global affairs.
Newspaper El Espectador was U.S. intelligence company Stratfor's only media informant in Colombia, files released by Wikileaks showed. According to the leaked files, the newspaper signed an intelligence-sharing deal in 2009. Statfor's contacts within the newspaper were director Fidel Cano and journalist Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar, whose email addresses were made public .
Former ICANN director Veni Markovski, who currently heads Eastern European relations at the organization, has been fingered by Wikileaks as a Stratfor source. Stratfor is the "global intelligence" outfit, once described by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", which had its email server pwned by the hacker group Anonymous last year.
ikileaks has begun publishing millions of emails from global espionage and intelligence contractor Stratfor, dating between 2004 and 2011. "You have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control... This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase," CEO George Friedman told Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011 in an email on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala Hugo Chavez.
Former National Party senator and businessman Bill O'Chee has been revealed as the most prolific Australian informant of a controversial private global intelligence company that is the target of a new campaign by WikiLeaks.
Defense experts on Tuesday cast doubt on the credibility of a Texas-based company whose leaked e-mails allegedly contain inside information about Kremlin infighting from high-ranked sources including Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.
A report published in the Indian daily Times of India says that approximately five million emails of the Texas-based think tank were revealed by WikiLeaks. "Whereas seemingly large numbers of Stratfor s subscribers and clients work in the US military and intelligence agencies, Stratfor gave complimentary membership to General Hamid Gul, the controversial former head of Pakistan s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who, according to US diplomatic cables, planned an IED attack on international forces in Afghanistan in 2006," he report said.
If there ever was a case to be made that the intelligence profession should remain the domain of professionals, it would be bolstered by a read through some of the Stratfor emails released by Wikileaks. The whistleblower website Wikileaks on Monday published more than five million emails written by analysts belonging to the Texas-based intelligence company Stratfor between the dates of July 2004 and December 2011. Stratfor touts itself as a leading provider of geopolitical analysis, and according to reports, provides intelligence to major U.S. corporations and government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Intelligence Agency. One only has to examine the budgets of these organizations to realize that there is a great deal of money to be had by contracting one s services.
In any financial center, war zone or mineral-rich backwater, private intelligence staff are easy to stumble across. Conspicuously inconspicuous, they can be found mingling at barbecues or muckraking at parties, trying to glean scraps information that could help or harm their clients in business and government. Few of the sector s biggest players - Aegis, Control Risks, Diligence, Kroll - are household names, but their clients certainly are.
According to the BBC World, the claim was made in emails allegedly from US-based security think tank Stratfor, which were published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Stratfor warned ahead of publication it would make no comment on whether the emails were authentic or inaccurate.