The Wiki Stratfor Dump

The world seems united behind the idea that Wikileaks hacked
dump of Stratfor emails was uninteresting or an embarrassment, and
I myself have not spend extended time studying the raw stuff out
there. Jack
Shafer thinks
the emails “underwhelm” and
Talking Points Memo thinks
the main takeaway is
“Stratfor keeps an entertaining glossary of
pseudo-militaristic terminology and disparaging nicknames of its
intelligence sources and competitors. But beyond that, there
haven’t been any major revelations from the documents.” The

Christian Science Monitor says
that though

Stratfor says it generates its own intelligence for reports,
though it also relies heavily on open-source data collection. I’ve
read dozens of their reports over the years. I’ve found some wildly
speculative, others accurate but banal, and still others
intriguing. And while I’ve found some Stratfor analysis to be
flat wrong, and so perhaps harmful if conclusions are taken by
policymakers at face value…

Max Fisher at the
Atlantic thinks flat out
 that “Stratfor is a
joke” in his headline, “which appears to do little more than
combine banal corporate research with media-style freelance
researcher arrangements” and in fact has had its rep as superspies
illegitimately boosted by Wikileaks’ leaks.

Meanwhile, Greg Mills at the Nation has a
good collection of mini-bits
and links on what’s there in the
released emails.

I did want to draw attention to a couple of revelations of at
least potential interest:

*The Stratfor folk seemed sure that Osama’s body was not dumped
at sea, as
Business Insider reports
:

At 5:26 a.m. on May 2, the morning after Barack Obama announced
the successful raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound,
Stratfor CEO George Friedman sent an email with the subject
[alpha]
OBL
” that said: 

Reportedly, we took the body with us. Thank
goodness.

Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president for
intelligence, followed that up at 5:51 a.m. with an email
titled “[alpha]
Body bound for Dover, DE on CIA plane
” that said:

Than [sic] onward to the Armed
Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda.

At 1:36 p.m. Burton
replied to a thread
 named “Re: OBL’s corpse” with the
message: 

Body is Dover bound, should be here by
now.

That contradicts the official story that

You can read the rest of this article at: http://reason.com/blog/2012/03/02/the-wiki-stratfor-dump

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