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10:30 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.
7:50 Ynet: Based on emails, 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."
7:20 Finally, a big news break from one of WikiLeaks’ U.S. 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.