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By Jesus Diaz
Feb 26, 2012
Wikileaks has published five million emails from Stratfor, an
intelligence company based in Texas that, looking at their practices,
appears to be America's very own privately run CIA. According to
Wikileaks, their deals would also include the use of privileged
information to make money in financial markets.
Stratfor's clients are the US Government, other countries and military
organizations, as well as private companies like Lockheed Martin,
Northrop Grumman or Raytheon. They have a global network of spies in
governments and media companies, including "secret deals with dozens of
media organizations and journalists, from Reuters to the Kiev Post."
According to the emails, these spies get paid in Swiss bank accounts and
pre-paid credit cards.
Wikileaks says that the emails also reveal the creation of a parallel
organization called StratCap. Apparently, this organization would use
Stratfor network of informants to make money in financial markets.
Wikileaks claims that the emails show how then-Goldman Sachs Managing
Director Shea Morenz and Stratfor CEO George Friedman put StratCap in
motion in 2009.
Here are some of the highlights, according to Wikileaks:
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