WikiLeaks targets U.S. security think tank

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WikiLeaks announced Sunday that it will be publishing millions of emails apparently hacked from the global security think thank Stratfor, based in Houston.

While WikiLeaks has provided no details about how it obtained the emails, Stratfor announced in December that the hacker collective known as Anonymous had breached its servers.

WikiLeaks is promising that "the material contains privileged information about the US government's attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor's own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks."

For its part, Stratfor executives seemed unconcerned at the time of the initial breach of its servers.

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"As they search our emails for signs of a vast conspiracy, they will be disappointed," said Stratfor's chief executive officer and founder, George Friedman, according to Reuters.

In a press release, WikiLeaks wrote:

"The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods."

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.

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