George Friedman on Email Theft and the Wikileaks Release
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I'm George Friedman, founder and CEO of Stratfor.As most of you know, in December thieves hacked into Stratfor data systems andstole a large number of company emails, as well as private information of Stratforsubscribers and friends. Today Wikileaks is publishing the emails that werestolen in December. This is a deplorable, unfortunate -- and illegal -- breach of privacy.Some of the emails may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies. Some maybe authentic. We will not validate either, nor will we explain the thinking that went into them. Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice bysubmitting to questions about them. The disclosure of these emails does not mean that there has been another hack of Stratfor's computer and data systems. Those systems, which we have rebuilt withenhanced security measures, remain secure and protected. The release of these emails is, however, a direct attack on Stratfor. This isanother attempt to silence and intimidate the company, and one we reject. As youcan see, emails sent to many people about my resignation were clearly forged.We do not know what else has been manufactured. Stratfor will not be silenced,and we will continue to publish the geopolitical analysis our friends andsubscribers have come to rely on.As we have said before, Stratfor has worked to build good sources in manycountries around the world, as any publisher of geopolitical analysis would do.We are proud of the relationships we have built, which help our analysts betterunderstand the issues in many of these countries through the eyes of people wholive there.We have developed these relationships with individuals and partnerships withlocal media in a straightforward manner, and we are committed to meeting thehighest standards of professional and ethical conduct.