Stratfor spied on Bhopal activists WikiLeaks

Stratfor spied on Bhopal activists WikiLeaks

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM


As
the London Olympic Games are getting closer, the United States based
intelligence companies' interest in 'Bhopal updates' continue to grow. The
latest WikiLeaks' expose shows that these companies have shown 'special'
interest in the follow-up on Bhopal tragedy and Dow Chemicals issue in the
Indian media. Dow Chemicals is one of the major sponsors of London Olympic
games 2012.




WikiLeaks reveals, two US based corporate intelligence companies, Stratfor
and Allisinfo, between them exchanged and sent more than 60 e-mails to the
representatives of Dow Chemicals and Union Carbide between 2010 and 2011,
mostly in 2011. They can be viewed here –
http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/releasedate/2012-02-27-00-stratford-monitored-bhopal-activists-including.html




Most of these e-mails, marked as 'Bhopal updates', are about media
coverage to issues related to the Bhopal gas tragedy and Dow Chemicals.
They also include media reports on the Indian Olympics Association's
remarks on London Olympics.




The Indian Olympic Association and various NGOs working for the Bhopal gas
tragedy victims have been protesting against the Dow sponsorship in the
London Olympics since last year.




Dow is sponsoring a $11.4-million decorative wrap that will be installed
around London's Olympic Stadium.




Dow bought Union Carbide in 2000. Union Carbide's Bhopal plant is blamed
for the deadly gas leak that killed an estimated 15,000 people and injured
half a million.




On Monday, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files. They
claim to have over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered
"global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004
and late December 2011. As of today, they have released only 194 files.




On its latest exposé WikiLeaks says, "They (e-mails) 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 Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show
Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering
techniques and psychological methods."




WikiLeaks adds, "The material shows how a private intelligence agency
works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government
clients. For example, Stratfor monitored and analysed the online
activities of Bhopal activists, including the "Yes Men", for the US
chemical giant Dow Chemical. The activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow
Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. The disaster led to
thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and
lasting environmental damage."




The global intelligence company, Stratfor was founded in 1996 by
bestselling author George Friedman is headquartered in Texas, US.




The website claims, "Stratfor is a subscription-based provider of
geopolitical analysis. Individual and corporate subscribers gain a
thorough understanding of international affairs, including what's
happening, why it's happening, and what will happen next."




The website of Michigan based Allis Info Management (Allisinfo.com) claims
to specialize in business research and analysis, customized intelligence
services and database design and management.




The website says, "We capture and disseminate media activity on a global
scale. From mainstream press coverage to social networking trends, we can
create an early morning headline index, provide summaries of content, spot
emerging trends, and assign favorability ratings to media. We go beyond
simply aggregating information by applying human insight to the process."




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