Ahmadinejad at nuclear ceremony in Tehran 390 (R).
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WikiLeaks targeted the Texas-based civilian intelligence company Stratfor on
Tuesday, saying it would publish more than five million hacked internal
The anti-secrecy group accused Stratfor of being “a company that
fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence
services to large corporations” and US government agencies.
founder Julian Assange said, “Here we have a private intelligence firm, relying
on informants from the US government, foreign intelligence agencies with
questionable reputations and journalists.
“What is of grave concern is
that the targets of this scrutiny are, among others, activist organizations
fighting for a just cause,” Assange said.
“The emails show Stratfor’s web
of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological
methods,” WikiLeaks said on its website.
Activists linked to the loosely
organized anonymous hackers group said at the beginning of the year that they
had stolen the emails of some 100 of the firm’s employees.
One of the
emails, claiming to quote a “confirmed Israeli intelligence agent,” stated that
Israel had managed to wreck critical sites in Iran’s nuclear program in
collusion with Kurdish forces.
“Source was asked what he thought of
reports that the Israelis were preparing a military offensive against
Iran. Response: I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already
destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago,” said
the email, which was dated November 13, 2011.
“The current ‘Let’s bomb
Iran’ campaign was ordered by the EU leaders to divert the public attention from
their at-home financial problems,” the email continued.
Responding to a
request for clarification, the source added that “Israeli commandos in
collaboration with Kurd forces destroyed [a] few underground facilities mainly
used for the Iranian defense and nuclear research projects.” The email said the
source’s reliability was still being tested.
Stratfor said in a statement
that the release of its stolen emails was an attempt to silence and intimidate
Some of the emails being published “may be forged or altered
to include inaccuracies; some may be authentic,” the statement added.
will not validate either. Nor will we explain the thinking that went into them. Having had our property stolen, we will not be
victimized twice by submitting to questioning about them,” the statement
George Friedman, Stratfor founder and chief executive officer, said
on January 11 that hackers would be hard-pressed to find anything significant in
the stolen emails.
“God knows what a hundred employees writing endless
emails might say that is embarrassing, stupid or subject to
misinterpretation... As they search our emails for signs of a vast
conspiracy, they will be disappointed,” he said.Reuters and Jerusalem
Post staff contributed to this report.