It's an unprecedented partnership between the vigilante hacker group, which is often viewed as being on the wrong side of the law, and Wikileaks, which has been under fire since releasing information related to the Afghan War as well as U.S. State department diplomatic cables.
Wikileaks called the cache of data the "Global Intelligence Files," based on Stratfor calling itself a "global intelligence" company. More than five million emails from between July 2004 and late December 2011 will be published.
Among the examples of Stratfor's less-than-pristine email records were the following:
For Dow Chemical, Stratfor monitored and analyzed the online activities of activists seeking redress for the 1984 Bhopal disaster, including the political imposter group the "Yes Men".
Stratfor CEO George Friedman and then-Goldman Sachs Managing Director Shea Morenz discussed an idea back in 2009 to "utilize the intelligence" Stratfor obtained from its network to create a "captive strategic investment fund."
Ironically, Stratfor even tried to get in on the "gravy train" fear generated after Wikileaks' disclosures, with an email saying:
"[Is it] possible for us to get some of that 'leak-focused' gravy train ? This is an obvious fear sale, so that's a good thing. ...... Could we develop some ideas and procedures on the idea of 'leak-focused' network security that focuses on preventing one's own employees from leaking sensitive information... [?]."