• I Finally Make It to Wikileaks

    February 12, 2014 // 17 Comments »

    Though I believe one of the alleged cables I allegedly wrote while allegedly employed by the alleged Department of State may have alledgedly been included in the 250,000 documents Chelsea Manning most certainly revealed to Wikileaks, I’m not supposed to tell.


    But now, thanks to an alert reader (DP, this one goes out to you), I have just found out that I officially made it to Wikileaks.


    The “GI Files” (General Intelligence files) published by Wikileaks, feature over five million emails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as a publisher, but in reality provides confidential, subscription-based, intelligence services to large corporations, such as Dow, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including Homeland Security, the Marine Corps and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

    Wikileaks revealed that on June 13, 2011, one of my blogs posts was blended into an article published by the English-language Jordan Times, which was picked up by the BBC. Stratfor then republished the article, including BBC’s copyright, which included my stuff, as an intelligence product to its paying clients.

    Now, the implications of this are several-fold:

    — Obviously if you get your news from Stratfor, the BBC or the Jordan Times, stop wasting your time and just read my blog. It’s free.

    — How can the BBC copyright something I wrote?

    — How can jerks like Stratfor get away with charging people serious coin for republishing things off the internet/BBC/Jordan Times?

    — And lastly, I think somebody owes me a check (which I will donate to Wikileaks)


    Your move Stratfor.




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