According to Wikileaks, the first of five million emails it's releasing from servers belonging to global intelligence firm Stratfor suggest that the company was used by private corporations to monitor activist groups in the US and Canada.
The authenticity of the emails — reportedly obtained by Anonymous hackers and released early Monday morning — could not be independently verified.
They appear to show that Stratfor was contracted by Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, and Union Carbide to monitor anti-corporate activists, The Yes Men and PETA.
The Yes Men were working to raise awareness concerning the Bhopal chemical disaster in India that took place in December of 1984, considered to be one of the world’s worst industrial catastrophes where thousands were killed in a toxic gas leak.
Dow and Union Carbide sought to determine whether or not the 25th anniversary of the disaster would foment further anti-corporate sentiment towards their companies. The emails detail personal information about Yes Men activists, public appearances, media releases made by the group, and general coverage of the group’s activities in news outlets.