NOTE: Greg Mitchell live-blogged WikiLeaks daily from November 2010 to May 2011. He has live-blogged again this week starting Sunday night. He is the author of The Age of WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.
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10:20 WikiLeaks has cited McClatchy as one of its 25 media partners, and largest in USA, but I have not seen anything "scoopy" from them yet on the emails, and their major story tonight is a look at Stratfor itself. And in this story is a statement by Anders Gyllenhaal, a VP and its Washington editor (I used to know him via E&P) , denying it is a "partner" with the group: "McClatchy’s relationship with WikiLeaks is the same as we have with hundreds of people and organizations that provide information to our newspapers. This is not a partnership. We have no role in how WikiLeaks operates. We simply have an arrangement that enables us to review documents ahead of others. We then determine the information’s validity and value and publish based on our independent news judgment."
9:55 Kinda wild, Anonymous bait? CNET reports: "A laptop stolen from NASA last year contained command codes used to control the International Space Station, an internal investigation has found. The laptop, which was not encrypted, was among dozens of mobile devices lost or stolen in recent years that contained sensitive information, the space agency's inspector general told Congress today in testimony highlighting NASA's security challenges."
3:30 Summary of Day 3 of e-mails released re Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Israel and more in Middle East.
3:15 John Hudson at The Atlantic claims the e-mails showing Homeland Security "spying" on Occupy Wall Street are "much ado about nothing," on closer inspection.
11:50 Wash Post: Interpol probe leads to arrests of twenty-five suspected Anonymous activists around the world. Ages 17 to 40. “On Tuesday, Interpol said that it begun looking for the hackers as part of ‘Operation Unmask,’ an initiative that launched in mid-February.”
11:45 Veteran civil liberties attorney Michael Ratner on Democracy Now! today on possible Assange indictment and Stratfor.
10:55 Time magazine site finds lotsa yucks in the e-mails.
10:45 E-mail reveals that Michael Dell (of computer fame) introduced Bulgarian billonaire to Stratfor.
9:50 From yet another Stratfor email re Assange: “Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He’ll be eating cat food forever.”
9:20 Stratfor’s notorious Fred Burton in e-mail exchange on Bradley Manning, calls him “dumb ass.”
8:35 Op-Ed by Assange attorney Jennifer Robinson in Sydney paper calls for Australian government to stand behind her client. “Assange is an Australian citizen and we must protect him, and protect our country from international condemnation for our failure to act, knowing the treatment Assange will receive in the US.”
8:30 And now: “Confessions of a Stratfor Subscriber.”
7:45 The estimable Juan Cole on the Top 5 Stratfor revelations so far… Ynet: Based on e-mails, Russia and Israel swapped access codes, with Russia giviing Israle does for weapons sold to Iran… @WikiLeaks tweets: “We are so confident about the veracity of our Stratfor release we will give US $50,000 to anyone who can show otherwise.”
7:30 Court ruling on Assange extradition case, re Sweden, expected about March 4.
From late Tuesday
From my assistant, Elizabeth Whitman: Stratfor bills itself as a global intelligence company. But its glossary of intelligence terms, published by Wikileaks, suggests that the intelligence its clients receive may at times be no more than well-spun “shit,” in Stratfor’s own words. Below are a couple of excerpts from the glossary that have not gotten as much attention as others. They highlight the company’s profit-driven nature at the expense of accurate intelligence, but at the same time, they refer disparagingly to customers’ own intelligence.
Circle Jerk: Analyst’s Disease. “A” releases a bit of dubious information. “B” reads the claim and puts it in his report. “A” reads the information in B’s report and decides that his information may actually be true. “C” picks up “A’s” and “B’s” reports and expands on it creatively. “A” and “B” now both believe their original piece of bullshit is absolutely true. Actually, there’s not a word of truth to any of it. IT’S A CIRCLE JERK.
Debriefing the Customer: Customers usually have no idea what they really need.… Debriefing the customer is the start of any operation. Debriefing the door keeper is kissing your sister. Deciding not to debrief the customeris called “contract cancellation.” If the customer doesn’t want to be debriefed, get a big up front payment—and make sure the check clears.
Finally, a big news break from one of WikiLeaks’s US news partners, Rolling Stone, as Michael Hastings reveals emails show Homeland Security (as long rumored) spied on Occupy Wall St. Five-page report from last October. “It’s never a good thing to see a government agency talk in secret about the need to “control protestors”—especially when that agency is charged with protecting the homeland against terrorists, not nonviolent demonstrators exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceable dissent.” Here’s link to that five-page report.
From The Telegraph: a top Stratfor exec bragged to ties to “former CIA cronies.”
Center for Constitutional Rights condemns rumored “sealed indictment” of Assange.
Joshua Foust at PBS: Stratfor files “much ado about nothing. ” And wonders what the hell Assange is up to. “WikiLeaks doesn’t do much to clarify the situation when it uses loaded terms to describe fairly routine tradecraft.”
Good piece at CNN’s Security Clearance blog. “Some of the e-mails raise questions about the extent to which Stratfor analysts go in gathering information. In some of the juicier personal e-mails between colleagues, one seemingly jokingly implies that a female employee was sleeping with her sources in order to get information. But another e-mail that appears to be from Friedman took a much more serious tone when discussing how to get information from an Israeli intelligence informant”… Rachel Marsden at Chicago Tribune on “frightening view” of US intelligence revealed in e-mails.
Daily Beast: Stratfor release produces… caution. “Some people in the intelligence community say they are trying to beef up their security in the wake of the Stratfor scandal, but nearly everyone agrees that the best way to keep things safe is an old-fashioned one: watch what you write. Then you can ‘make sure it doesn’t walk out the door or get hacked,’ said the senior law-enforcement official.”