Stratfor CEO Speaks About The Anonymous Hack

Speaking to an audience on Tuesday at this year’s South by Southwest convention, Strategic Forecasting CEO George Friedman suggested that by publishing archives of U.S. diplomatic cables, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks actually “makes war more likely.

And in a surprising claim, Friedman added that his company tended to engage in an “orgy of speculation” following major world events — such as the killing of Osama bin Laden and the possibility of a sealed grand jury indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — which is why Stratfor never published that information: because, he said, those claims are simply not true.

Friedman’s speech Tuesday marked the first time he has spoken in public about a devastating hack his company suffered at the end of 2011, which resulted in their entire email archives landing in the possession of WikiLeaks.

Opening his talk, Friedman was almost immediately interrupted by two activists with Occupy Austin, who “mic checked” him and offered the crowd a message about how Stratfor worked as a private spy agency on behalf of wealthy corporations. The crowd reacted negatively to the protesters, booing them loudly. Friedman quickly fell silent, waiting for security to usher them outside.

Continuing, he said that the hack on Stratfor was so completely thorough that their servers were “completely destroyed,” and that even he does not have a copy of the company’s emails anymore.

I plan to ask the FBI to give me [a copy],” Friedman quipped.

He went on to suggest that hackers who attacked Stratfor had simply done it “for the lulz,” which Friedman called a “nihilistic” concept that he worried may be gaining traction on today’s Internet.

That led him to WikiLeaks, which he claimed to be inflating Stratfor’s profile tremendously by selectively publishing their emails. Reminiscing about the complexity of human conversation, and how that has been lost in the age of the Internet, he added that by elevating a single email from Stratfor, or diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks, as the subject of legitimate reporting, members of the press offer “complete falsification” due to a lack of human context.

If you’re going to have diplomacy, you must have secrecy,” he said before suggesting that WikiLeaks had only served to “destroy life long relationships” between diplomats continents apart.

Again touching upon the need for more human context in online communications, he added that WikiLeaks, along with the rise of hacker groups like “Anonymous” and “LulzSec,” ultimately advances the Internet’s death march toward repression, instead of broader transparency.

He went on to warn that corporations and governments are much more powerful than Anonymous and WikiLeaks, meaning “they will win” in the ongoing power struggle simply by changing the rules of the conflict — I.E., changing the Internet itself.

It’s not going to go on anymore because large corporations are getting hacked and it’s costing them large amounts of money, and these guys are powerful enough to make changes,” he warned.


The Microsoft Word doc is titled “The Stratfor Glossary of Useful, Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms.” The author–not identified in the file’s metadata–succinctly introduces the list of terms and definitions: “Every profession and industry has its own vocabulary. Using baseball terms to explain a football game is tough. These are some of the terms we use.”

The following is just a selection of the terms and definitions that could further complicate Stratfor’s already sticky situation. Some are so bluntly-worded they raise the possibility that this was some kind of internal joke:

ATF Alcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms. Rednecks with a license to kill. Never, ever, ever ask for their help on anything.

Background Check Check of history of someone to determine reliability. Usually meaningless. A perfect credit rating does not mean you aren’t devious scum. Does run up the client’s bill and makes it appear that you are busy. Clancy move. Pros run tests. [Ed. The same document later states that a “Clancy” is “Somebody who has read a lot of Tom Clancy novels and thinks he knows the Craft. Total moron. Really dangerous if he is the Customer. Never let a Briefer be a Clancy. “]

Black Op If you heard even a hint of it, it ain’t black. Anyone who tells you about a black op is a liar. Does Stratfor do black ops? You’ll never know.

Backgrounder General analysis that gives the customer better situational awareness. The customer never actually reads the Backgrounder. Its primary use is as cover when the customer screws something up. Backgrounders are the basic intelligence tool for shifting blame to the customer.

Brief the Times When the Briefer has obtained zero valuable intelligence from analysis, he finds something in the inside of the morning paper, powers up a view graph, and “Briefs the Times.” Customers are frequently impressed. It’s a hoot.

CIA Central Intelligence Agency. Also called “Langley” or “up river.” Owns human intelligence (directorate of operations) and analysis (directorate of intelligence). Director, CIA is supposed to oversee all of the intelligence community. Isn’t that a joke? Imagine the Post Office with a foreign policy.

CIA Appetite/Botswana budget A customer with limited resources asking for enormous amounts of intelligence. Defines most of Stratfor’s customers.

Duplicitous little bastards Israeli Intelligence

FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation, aka the Downtown Gang. Very good a breaking up used car rings. Kind of confused on anything more complicated. Fun to jerk with. Not fun when they jerk back.

Green-carder A source working for you because he believes that you will take him to America where he will own a Seven-Eleven. Try not to disabuse him until after you’ve squeezed his sorry ass.

Secret Service They catch counterfeiters, break up child pornography rings and guard the president. Continual identity crisis. Very nice people. Not, shall we say, the most sophisticated crew you’ll ever find.

The glossary in full may be an additional embarrassment for Stratfor, but Wikileaks appears to promise there’s much worse to come: “Like WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cables, much of the significance of the emails will be revealed over the coming weeks, as our coalition and the public search through them and discover connections.”

The group’s reputation among foreign policy writers, analysts, and practitioners is poor; they are considered a punchline more often than a source of valuable information or insight. As a former recipient of their “INTEL REPORTS” (I assume someone at Stratfor signed me up for a trial subscription, which appeared in my inbox unsolicited), what I found was typically some combination of publicly available information and bland “analysis” that had already appeared in the previous day's New York Times. A friend who works in intelligence once joked that Stratfor is just The Economist a week later and several hundred times more expensive. As of 2001, a Stratfor subscription could cost up to $40,000 per year.

However, it’s worth noting that Fisher’s thesis, which seems to be based on hearsay and conjecture alone rather than hard evidence, is getting debated heavily in the comments, with some suggesting he’s naïve. “The entire vibe of your piece is so snarky and so obviously full of anti-Wikileaks sentiment that it’s hard to know whether to take you seriously or not,” one commenter writes.


The Young Turks speak about the WikiLeaks Stratfor Emails

[Statfor’s Fred] Burton clearly felt was his own little Wikileaks window into the DoJ.  So on 1-26-2011 when Burton sent an email to saying he had intelligence that the DoJ had a “sealed indictment” on Assange, you have to wonder where it came from.

Now I’m thinking, might as well put the email address “” through a search and see what comes up.  Lo and behold, there’s only one non-Stratfor related hit:  a Collier County, Florida bid solicitation for “Security Consultant,” starting on January 26, 2012 and ending on February 1, 2012:

James M. Casey, LLC James Casey 1370 Fryston Street Suite 100 Jacksonville, FL 32259
(571) 246-7249

What is James M. Casey, LLC?  Glad you asked.  Because  the Florida Times-Union has an article dated yesterday that tells us 25 year FBI veteran James Casey is retiring from the FBI that very day to start his own business: James M. Casey, LLC:

After 25 years of service in the FBI and four as the special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division, James Casey is leaving to start his own business — in investigations.

The 53-year-old Casey steps down from running the Jacksonville operation today. On Thursday, he begins his new gig in the private sector running James M. Casey, LLC, Intelligence/Diligence/Risk, a firm designed to look into corporate and government programs that could involve white collar crime and compliance issues. […]

Just in case you were wondering who at the FBI was leaking to Stratfor, the dots are all connected for you:  Nobody.  Because James Casey is gone from the FBI.  Retired.  Poof!  Worried that they gave him the boot because he was singing like a canary to Stratfor, and they didn’t want to launch an internal leak investigation?  Well there’s a Florida county government site that lists Casey as a bidder on a contract that ended a month ago.

No doubt it’s just another coincidence that Wikileaks says it released the first Stratfor email with Burton citing his DoJ intel on Assange on January 29.

And I’m sure the appearance of the Times-Union article only two days after the big Stratfor email dump is yet another coincidence.  It will certainly be a Reader’s Digest “was my face red!” moment when reporter Drew Dixson finds out that the subject of his puff piece was the FBI agent sending emails to Stratfor about Wikileaks who was all over the news — and he missed it!

Moral of the story:  Bradley Manning gets charged with “aiding the enemy” for potentially leaking information that was available on the SIPRNET to hundreds of thousands of people.   This guy gets a gold watch and no investigation for potentially leaking the existence of a sealed DoJ indictment of Julian Assange that I imagine almost nobody knew about.

If I were Bradley Manning’s lawyer I’d be putting James M. Casey, LLC on my witness list pronto.  He seems to be the chatty type.


Anonymous and Wikileaks Reveal Stratfor Emails Shows Spying / Watergate Reloaded ?

Anonymous and Wikileaks Reveal Stratfor Emails Show wire tapping 

and this video as a bonus features the woman i love… Ana Kasparian…Marry me boo?? i will hax for you.

Emails from Fred Burton reveal that the US Government employs the same counterterrorism strategy against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as against Al Qaeda: ‘Take down the money. Go after his infrastructure. The tools we are using to nail and de-construct Wiki are the same tools used to dismantle and track aQ [Al Qaeda]. Thank Cheney & 43 [former US President George W. Bush]. Big Brother owns his liberal terrorist arse.’
One might expect to read some hand-wringing over public safety concerns in a government document, and yet the DHS document appears to be more concerned with protecting the mechanisms of the financial sector than in ensuring the safety of citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
#WikiLeaks, un pequeño apunte

Sólo quiero apuntar una cosa muy sencilla: WikiLeaks ha publicado unos datos que han llegado a sus manos. WikiLeaks se ampara en leyes que defienden el derecho a la libertad de expresión y la transparencia en la información. WikiLeaks no ha robado los datos, aunque si lo hubiese hecho podríamos abrir otra línea de debate muy interesante, pero en la que ahora no voy a entrar. Por lo que se refiere al aspecto legalidad, está todo bien (de hecho, varios casos contra WikiLeaks acabaron por darle la razón al portal).

Y si lo que os importa, al margen de la ley, es la moralidad de las filtraciones sólo os diré una cosa: WikiLeaks podría haber vendido datos estadounidenses a países como Rusia o China, y lo mismo con tantísimos otros datos que podría haber vendido a gobiernos y multinacionales muy interesados en ellos y que, sin duda, habrían abonado una fortuna por adquirirlos. Pero WikiLeaks no los vende, los expone, y los expone porque se está conspirando contra todos nosotros y tenemos derecho a conocer esa información, porque nuestras constituciones amparan la transparencia. Quien vende nuestros datos privados al enemigo, ayúdanole, no es WikiLeaks, son empresas como Stratfor.

Que a nadie le persuadan de lo contrario.

The Fappening 3: Nicki Minaj’s Nude Photos also Leaked Online

Hackers have leaked two nude photos of Nicki Minaj on the Internet, this leak puts her in the list of celebrities who have been exposed by unknown hacker allegedly through iCloud hacking.

At the moment there are two picture surfacing online and showing the rapper in a graphic poses. After looking at the pictures, it wasn’t hard to realize that hackers have hit a jackpot.

The MediaTakeOut also confirms the report:

“MediaTakeOut learned that the hackers may have just STRUCK AGAIN. We have come across photos which PURPORT to be Nicki Minaj topless… and appears to have a liquid on her body. “The woman in the photo has the EXACT SAME tattoo on her arm that Nicki does – and she also has BREAST IMPLANTS, like Nicki”, said the website.

We will not post the pictures here because FBI is investigating the issue. Those desperate readers looking for her pictures can find them on Twitter. However, it really doesn’t make any difference because Nicki nude is known for uploading her semi-nude photos on Instagram.

 RELATED NEWS: The Fappening 3: More Nude Photos of Jennifer Lawrence Leaked Online

This is not the first time when hackers have leaked nude photos of celebrities. It all started with a leak on 4chan containing fully nude images of actress Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. It was later followed by a further leak in which photos of Kim Kardasihan, Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, Amber Heard, Gabrielle Union, Cara Delevingne and actress Anna Kendrick were leaked online. RELATED NEWS: Hacker Leaks Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, Amber Heard and Gabrielle Union Nude Photos Online

Celebrities have blamed Apple for these leaks, claiming that iClould has some sort of vulnerability which provide hackers to get access of photos and video folders on their iPhone, but Apple has denied the allegations.

“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.” RELATED NEWS: Possible iCloud accounts hacking: Nude Photos of 98 Hollywood Celebrities leaked online

iCloud or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the breach of privacy taking place everyday. Let’s see which celebrity will be exposed by hackers next time. RELATED NEWS: Hacker leaks Kim Kardashian’ Nude Photos Online

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