WikiLeaks Starts Release of 5M Intelligence Firm Emails

Stratfor leak 'exposes firm's attacks on WikiLeaks'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 12:56 AM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2012 7:59 AM CST
WikiLeaks Publishing Intelligence Firm's Emails
The home page of the Stratfor website.   (AP Photo/Cassandra Vinograd)

(Newser) – WikiLeaks is back in the leaking business. The website says it has released the first batch—167 emails—of more than 5 million confidential emails from US-based intelligence-gathering firm Stratfor. WikiLeaks, which is calling the leak the "Global Intelligence Files," says the emails expose the inner workings of the private intelligence agency and its links to government agencies, as well as its attacks on WikiLeaks itself, the Guardian reports. The emails also reportedly detail large companies' requests to track activist and NGO activity.

"The material contains privileged information about the US government's attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor's own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks," the site said in a statement. "The emails also expose the revolving door that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States." Unlike earlier WikiLeaks releases, the leak did not come from a whistleblower but from a hacking attack by Anonymous, which has also released the credit card numbers of Stratfor's clients. (Read more Stratfor stories.)

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