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WikiLeaks 'Controlled Opposition' – Right Leaks at the Right Time?
WikiLeaks Publishes STRATFOR Emails ... The WikiLeaks Internet website has published hundreds of emails that might have come from a larger collection of documents stolen in December from STRATFOR, a global intelligence analysis company based in Austin, Texas. The underground group that calls itself "Anonymous" claims to have hacked STRATFOR's servers, taking customer information as well as emails and internal documents. The firm has taken precautions to protect itself from further hacking ... WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accuses STRATFOR of being a corporate version of the Central Intelligence Agency that has shadowed the activities of international activist groups on behalf of clients like The Dow Chemical Company and The Coca Cola Company as well as U.S. government agencies. But [Founder Goerge] Friedman said some of the documents being published are fraudulent, such as a letter of resignation he said is attributed to him. He noted that his company is a private firm engaged in legitimate analysis of international developments for its paying clients. "STRATFOR is not a government organization nor is it affiliated with any government. The emails are private property. Like all private emails, they are written casually, with no expectation that anyone other than the sender and recipient would receive them. And clearly, as with my own supposed resignation letter, some of the emails may be fabricated or altered," he said. – Voice of America
Dominant Social Theme: This man, this Golden Man, the Internet Avenger, the "scourge of evil-doers" around the world, this magnificent man and his wonderful Wiki facilities ...
Free-Market Analysis: From what we can tell, WikiLeaks released a few hundred pilfered emails recently and in return received about 2,000 separate write-ups in major publications. Gee, that's ten major write-ups for every email, perhaps.
PR men are blushing with envy. They work weeks for a single major cite. Assange gets them by the thousands. Of course, we're on record as being fairly skeptical about Assange and his magical WikiLeaks machine.
What, after all, has he done? He's planted in Britain on what appears to be a phony rape charge, and now we've heard US prosecutors indicted him a year ago. But nothing seems to happen quickly with this guy.
Not even leaks. The last "data dump" we're aware of was a bunch of warmed over addresses of wealthy Swiss tax evaders. And now Assange has selectively leaked some emails from the private spy outfit Stratfor.
Articles we've read recently indicate that Assange dumped "millions" of emails on the web. But other articles report WikiLeaks has "started" its data dump. Low figures are in the area of 200 or so emails. Hardly millions.
And what do these emails reveal? Let's see. They are reportedly telling us that Israel is blaming the tensions with Iran on US President Barack Obama ... that Israel itself destroyed or otherwise incapacitated Iran's weaponized nuclear facilities in the past ... that the evil Dow Chemical Company paid for information about groups arguing for further restitution as regards the 1984 poisonous gas leak at a plant in Bhopal, India ...
The biggest revelation, so far as we can tell, is that the emails purport to show that high-level Pakistani honchos (military or civilian) knew about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Of course, there's not much hard evidence of this: Bin Laden's body (never photographed) has disappeared; his "house" is being enthusiastically leveled by Pakistani officials. Here's something from India's ZeeNews on the what the Paki honchos knew and when ...
"Mid to senior level ISI and Pak military, with one retired Pak military General, had knowledge of the OBL (Osama bin laden) arrangements and safe house," Online news agency quoted Fred Burton, Stratfor vice-president for intelligence, as writing in an email. The email was reportedly written May 13 to one of the company's regional directors for South Asia soon after the killing of the Al Qaeda chief.
Bin Laden was killed May 2 in a unilateral operation launched by US special forces at his mansion in Abbottabad near the Pakistani capital. However, Burton -- considered one of the world's foremost experts on security, terrorism and terrorist organisations -- did not reveal his source, saying only that the source was in Pakistan.
Being generally suspicious of Assange and having written numerous articles suggesting that WikiLeaks is a kind of Anglosphere power elite "limited hangout," we don't see any reason to change our assessment now.
The power elite – the Jewish, Vatican, corporate, religious and military interests that are apparently working to formally take over the world – are likely locked in mortal combat with what we call the Internet Reformation.
As the Internet exposes the plans of world domination, those behind them strike back with facilities intended to support elite dominant social themes. WikiLeaks is one such facility, perhaps.
We see these selected leaks as supporting all sorts of one-world elite messages. Is Israel an exploitative rogue state? Not so, these emails claim. Israel has tamed Iran in the shadows and blames the US for raising tensions.
Are corporations responsible for all the evil in the world? The emails seem to show that Dow Chemical engaged in an aggressive conspiracy to avoid paying those its activities previously poisoned even more money. (Another meme reinforced.)
The biggest elite dominant social theme is that Osama bin Laden died in a recent raid on his "safe house" in Pakistan. We've always found this one hard to swallow (along with tens of millions of others apparently – not all of them "conspiracy theorists" by any means).
Fox News reported that bin Laden had died in 2001 and Benazir Bhutto claimed he'd been assassinated during her interview with David Frost in 2007. We wrote an article on the subject you can read here: Osama bin Laden is Dead Again?
There are eye-witnesses to the supposed take-down of bin Laden, and we wrote about one of them here: Eyewitness Tells Different Story of Bin Laden Death.
Of course, there's really no one to ask about the "death." The Navy Seals from the unit that "killed" bin Laden perished in a helicopter accident (a warning not to speak out, conspiracy theorists claim) and now according to reports, Pakistan officials have demolished the house in which bin Laden was supposedly staying (removing OBL's putative DNA in the process).
We are not by any means enthusiastic believers of the US government's claim that bin Laden was killed (again) in Pakistan. That doesn't seem to bother WikiLeaks, though. Conveniently, out of what may be only a few hundred emails, several at any rate confirm bin Laden's death – while making Pakistan officials look like sly connivers.
Finally, we would note in passing that Stratfor itself has often been looked at askance when it comes to its research and reports. There are plenty of accusations circulating that its research – at least what's publicly released, anyway – generally tends to reinforce whatever memes the powers-that-be wish to circulate on a given day.
So here's the deal, worst case, for those with "suspicious minds." You've got one false flag – WikiLeaks and its photogenic owner – releasing carefully selected and prepared emails from another false flag, Stratfor. The selected emails reinforce certain fear-based promotions that are helpful to the elites in their endless quest to create world government.
Note, please, that George Friedman, the proprietor of Stratfor, has already disseminated the notion that some of the emails have been "doctored." Presumably – suspicious minds will conclude – this is to provide a further rationale if additional funny business is either alleged or discovered.
We also note that Stratfor, despite its public statements, seems kinda relaxed about the theft of five million emails. No plans that we know of have been announced to sue WikiLeaks (not yet anyway) and the firm has instead chosen to stay mum.
Of course, cynics might claim that Stratfor is benefiting mightily from all this. It's been labeled as a "private CIA," and its relationships with top honchos at Western intelligence agencies have been blasted around the world.
You want to hire a top analytical outfit? Assuming that Stratfor gets its leaking problem under control, wouldn't this be the first name on the list?
Conclusion: You know ... somehow we doubt that Stratfor will be subject to another attack. We figure this one has achieved its purpose. Whatever that is ....
Posted by johnjmccarthy on 03/01/12 10:17 PM
I will add three more URLs to that posted on the Daily Bell. This encompasses what the government inside the government has been up to for at least 47 years. It may also be considered bleak but the documents don't lie and the truth is free! Had my friend Larry O'Daniel not found these documents on the Web, declassified from top secret unilaterally by the State Department in 2000, much to the chagrin of the CIA, we would not have the precedence setting of the government classifying a crime (a crime in itself) of treason on the part of the National Security Council who had the temerity to blatantly defy Presidential Directives issued during NSC meetings, during wartime, with far reaching effects. I do believe this information dovetails with the article on the Federal Judge setting precedence in the matter of demanding the release (or declassification) of the document in question. LBJ announced in March 1968, that he "... ..would not seek nor accept my parties nomination for reelection as your president". LBJ had just been made aware of my top secret general court-martial and realized the treachery of his closest advisors.
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The above letters remain unanswered. Follow up phone calls and face to face meetings with the administrative offices of the recipients proved fruitless. Note that failure to notify a Federal Judge, or the President, of a charge of treason is a felony; misprision, and carries a five year penalty prison sentence.
the truth is bleak. The solution, IMO, is to expose the government inside the government for what has been the history of the US foreign policy and unilateral war making decisions outside the realm of those responsible for such activities. All of our proclamations of integrity in government with democratic ideals is a lie. Our allies and enemies should be aware. I am certain this issue is uncomfortable to some who claim patriotism as one of their ideals but this issue has not been rectified and effects the sacrifice of millions of dedicated Veterans of the lies that has led us to wage wars.
The truth is bleak. The solution, IMO, is to expose the government inside the government for what has been the history of the US foreign policy and unilateral war making decisions outside the realm of those responsible for such activities. All of our proclamations of integrity in government with democratic ideals is a lie. Our allies and enemies should be aware. I am certain this issue is uncomfortable to some who claim patriotism as one of their ideals but this issue has not been rectified and effects the sacrifice of millions of dedicated Veterans of the lies that has led us to wage wars.
Posted by johnjmccarthy on 02/29/12 08:07 PM
The folks at Stratfor are obviously on the side of the mass murderers of 911. Otherwise, they would address the following articles which beg the question "Cui Bono?" Click to view link Related articles are located in the left column.
Based upon the information in these time tested articles, the governments own conspiracy theory has not withstood the test of time to the extent it cannot even hold up as an axiom.
We all except the theory that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Not seeing holes in the Pentagon caused by Titanium Steel engines which would have been there if a 757 was flown into the building, is a good place to start what an inquiring mind would love to address. Inquiries about the lack of discovery and recovery of the engines and the Titanium Steel wheel assemblies would naturally follow since that never happened either. These intel guys at Strafor are not fools; they are shills and facilitators. It will not be surprising if some of the emails released by Wikileaks from Stratfor address such matters
And the Emperor is not wearing any clothes.
Unfortunately, "Looking forward not backward" re reopening the 911 investigation has placed the current administration as an accessory after the fact to the mass murder of 911 and violated the Presidents's Oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States. Additionally, this long slippery slope has been enhanced by the NDAA of 2012 re indefinite detention, without charges, (mere suspicion of any crime) without bail, without an attorney which guts the Bill of Rights for all US citizens as the icing on the cake to the Patriot Act
which is virtually verbatim to the German Enabling Act of 1933 when the German Constitution was obliterated because of "terror" at the Reichstag Fire in Berlin.
Posted by rossbcan on 02/29/12 08:29 AM
... various spooks and other "insiders" have privately corresponded with me, and, in actual fact, their insights have helped me to refine my work. They are terrified of the long term consequences of what they hath wrought, but, even more terrified of the short term personal consequences, should they dissent.
IMHO, they printed your analysis because they desperately seek a course change, but, need "useful idiots", fall guys to blame it on and "plausible deniability" (self-alleged ignorance) because they are too cowardly to do "their job" (from all enemies, foreign and domestic) themselves.
So, the drip, drip of individual action integrates, as it must to the breaking of the dike of lies, which they do not have enough fingers, nor, IMHO, the will to seriously counter. They've lost their mojo and, no longer believe in themselves. This is a power vacuum, an invitation for "we, the people" to step up to the plate.
Keep up the good work.
Posted by amanfromMars on 02/29/12 08:17 AM
Ah Yes ... Ye Olde Conficker Germ ... . AIGem ... ... 4 Merging Thought Streams 2 1 0Day Virtual Reality Vulnerability to Exploit ... ... with Heavenly Portals Providing Improving Control with Absolute Powers.
Very much TPTB Territory ... .. SMART AI Terrain.
Posted by marty on 02/29/12 08:13 AM
I actually subscribed to the Stratfor newsletter for a year, at the introductory rate. I was surprised at the small amount of information that I could use, or was actually interesting. I was expecting analysis of the Fed, and other such real power centers. Many of their employees are ex CIA, and NSA, so I thought they'd pick up inside info, that blogs like this fine establishment can't. The fact was, that most of it was coverage of countries most people have never heard of. That, fleet movements, and other military minutia. I was also disappointed in their credulous attitude towards US propaganda, in particular. They, without comment, accepted the official account of the world trade center attacks.
I wrote a letter to the editor, saying that I did not know how it was done, but that I hold a BS in mechanical engineering, and that I can beyond a shadow of a doubt say that a steel, and steel reinforced concrete building, would not fail in the manner the towers did, as the result of a fire. Engineers classify such structures as being statically indeterminate, and built of elastically, and plastically deformable materials. Universally, structures with these characteristics undergo extensive deformation, before structural failure, and remain in large pieces after failure. Structural steel is extremely plastic, and will stretch to approximately double it's initial length before failure, when in the shape of I-beams, or reinforcing bars. I stated that if the fire had been hot enough to cause structural failure, that the failure would have been asymmetric(since the fire would be assymetric), and that the building would certainly not have fallen apart like a house of cards(as it did), unless most of the structural members had been somehow severed. I compared it to crashing your car into a tree, and instead of falling over, mostly in one piece, the tree shattered into a pile of toothpicks. Much to my surprise, they published it, and no one even took me to task. The degree (and the implied ability to do higher mathematicsmust have intimidated them). I believe the caption they put above it was something like "an alternate viewpoint". As far as I know, I wrote the most insightful analysis ever printed in their newsletter, and I paid to do it. Now that is a winning business model, if there ever was one.
In thanks for subscribing to their newsletter, for one year, albeit at discount. They allowed my credit card information to be stolen, and used to purchase roses, in London, UK about a year later. Why in the hell did they keep that info? I guess they just couldn't stand to let any genuine facts they stumbled across leave their possession. The thing is, that in general, I enjoy watching Anonymous dance, and weave, just out of the grasp of leviathan states. I'm even considering buying a Guy Fawkes mask. I suppose it's a bit ironic that I was inconvenienced to a minor degree, by those merry pranksters.
The moral of this story is: It never pays to buy intelligence from morons. As a corollary I propose: It is never wise to hire fools.
Posted by rossbcan on 02/29/12 07:25 AM
... so, they are inflating planetary "value" by fiat printing (forceful "decree" of their own wealth, by debasing ours)?
I guess I should buy several planets before they become unaffordable as a great investment, since "own the planet" equals "own the resources" EQUALS "control the people who depend on access to resources" Feudalism 101.
That is the elite end game. Leave everyone holding the bag of worthless fiat and fiat denominated instruments, which have been exchanged for "title" to REAL property, enforced by "their" judges.
The zillion dollar question is: will, we, the people acknowlege these "proceeds of crime" property rights, or not?
Would we rather have a zillion dollars (here's what fiat wealth looks like):
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REAL, unencumbered title to our lives, productivity and all fruits therof, including property that we have honestly traded OUR lives (time and energy) for?
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Posted by elray on 02/29/12 02:15 AM
Computer security, hackers, begs the question:
? Why would anyone with sensitive data use "Windows" ?
It's called "windows" because you can see right inside anytime you like.
The company I work for has not used windoze for over 5 years and all sensitive data is held on a server with no internet access.
Our IT staff got so bored without windoze to take care of they actually asked for work to do.
So we saved an enormus amount of money by dropping windoze and have gained a very productive group of employees.
Side note: There are far more USD's in this world then stars in our Galaxy, perhaps more then in the known universe.
Now that can't be right, can it?
"Astronomers estimate that there are 200 billion to 400 billion stars contained within the Milky Way."
"There is over $760,000,000,000 billion USD's circulating the world today. In 1930 there was $452 million."
Posted by johnjmccarthy on 02/28/12 06:13 PM
Speaking of Bradley Manning, here is a reality check for the FallGuy 4 Wikileaks. What kind of justice is young Private Manning facing and do the present concerns about Brady v Maryland even remotely effect his legal ordeal?
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But it won't effect the military justice system. What of all, the "classified" CIA, FBI, DIA and State Department memo's in the Bradley Manning case that are exculpatory in nature as exposed via Wikileaks that will never see the light of day at trial? Here is an unresolved example from 45 years ago upon which the government remains mute:
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The Feres Doctrine of 1950 is the real culprit in so called military justice. What ever happened to "Congress shall make no law... " as in the First Amendment To the Constitution? Sure, Congress may have skirted the issue by approving a "Doctrine", but the Supreme Court approved it the same year and it became "Law of the Land", so we are left with 62 years of precedence in a democratic society with 26,000,000 living, breathing, voting Veterans and counting. One would think that a candidate for office would want to gather those votes by backing the abolition of the Feres Doctrine, especially for Bradley Manning's sake and fate.
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Bottom line, if you don't plead guilty to a charge, expect the government to secret any and all exculpatory evidence against you AND to fabricate 'evidence' to compel the jury to convict so the prosecutor will get a gold star for his efforts at "justice".
Note that Bradley Manning, on advice from his attorneys, has NOT entered a plea in his case.
Manning's problem goes much deeper. Military officers will sit on the jury at his court-martial. Military men and women KNOW that if a suspect were truly innocent of a charge, the government would not bring them before the court, and they, the jury, have their "duty" to convict! The dichotomy is quite evident, in spite of any instructions by the judge to the jury that all persons before the court must be presumed innocent until the "evidence" is presented. At this point the jurors nod their heads, slightly.
Turning in war criminals has never felt so good! Will Julian Assange salute Bradley Manning? Lets hope so.
Posted by davidbruce on 02/28/12 05:18 PM
Julian Assange may be the reason Bradly Manning is in the brig and Gareth Williams, among others, is dead.
Posted by thefinancedude on 02/28/12 04:41 PM
no doubt! but in that frame of reference everything can be labeled government eventually...
Look up the legal term US citizen... we're all employees on the farm my friend...
Posted by gabe on 02/28/12 04:25 PM
why wouldn't the government stil la little bit of money to make things look credible? they steal money all the time.
Posted by thefinancedude on 02/28/12 04:01 PM
I won't disagree with the overarching premise above, but its far more nuanced with the various layers working against each other on some level as well. This is usually missing as everything is boxed into black/white either/or rather than "and"...
I am a regular guy who split a yearly membership with a buddy since I'm only a few years out of college and funds are tight. What was in the daily emails was the most interesting geopolitical angles. Everyone knew Libya was going down a day before it happened. The funny thing is I started to sense the US centric neverending rah rah rah and my buddy and I went back and forth over it. We agreed to disagree... with the publishing of these emails he's flipped to my side now.
My credit card was most definately hacked and used in the UK and USA.
5 charges in a day... all returned of course, but this isn't just a story... someone used my CC Info and it was a week after Strat and it was THE card I used with them...
Posted by Bluebird on 02/28/12 03:29 PM
Of course, as usual I agree with the Daily Bell. Along with the reasons you present, also add internet regulations. By golly, something has to be done to control this kind of "damage", we should believe.
You know our Senator "I wish the internet had never been invented" here in West Virginia? Well, a few weeks ago, our local news ran the story that our little state was not exempt from these "attacks".
A little group reportedly "tied to" these bigger leakers hacked into our state police website. Not the one they use for business, but an old site. And what was on that old website? Why phone numbers of the officers. Leaked! Gasp! We must gain control of this devil's highway called the internet! :-)
Reply from The Daily Bell
Posted by rossbcan on 02/28/12 02:55 PM
DB: "So here's the deal, worst case, for those with "suspicious minds." You've got one false flag - WikiLeaks and its photogenic owner - releasing carefully selected and prepared emails from another false flag, Stratfor."
... and, what if the war is fake, and "organized" freedom battlers such as faux Wikileaks and, perhaps Anonymous are merely to give "false hope" to freedom lusters and, stay their hand fom individual action until "tyranny is consolidated"?
It may all be a sick "good cop, bad cop", punch and judy show, where all of the cast is corrupt.
screw them. I will defend myself, from any and all aggressors, on a per-incident basis and, at least deny "proceeds of crime" which only makes predators stronger and mor able to intimidate others by "be subservient, or else".