Wikileaks, the internet’s home for whistle-blowing and classified dumps, has begun publishing over five million emails from the “global intelligence” firm Stratfor. The emails were most likely obtained from when hacker collective Anonymous gained access to the Statfor’s servers last December in an unprecedented cooperation between the two whistle-blowing organizations.
Wired.com’s Threat Level blog has also reported that sources within Anonymous have stated that the hacker collective did indeed turn the hacked emails over to Wikileaks because the site was “more capable of analyzing and spreading the leaked information than Anonymous would be.”
On Monday morning, twitter account @AnonymousIRC began publishing a number of tweets linking Wikileaks to the hacker collective as the source of the hacked emails.
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Wikileaks calls the email dump the “global intelligence files.” The group alleges that the emails “reveal the inner working of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods,” according to a press release on Wikileak’s website.
Wikileaks has also partnered with several media outlets in publishing the documents, including Rolling Stone Magazine and McClatchy newspapers, both operated inside the US.