Stratfor is an American geopolitical intelligence platform and
publisher founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas, by George Friedman, who
was the company's chairman. Chip Harmon was appointed as president
in February of 2018. Fred Burton is Stratfor's chief security officer.
Other executives include Vice President of Global Analysis Reva
Goujon, Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker, former U.S.
Special Operations Command officer Bret Boyd, vice president of custom
intelligence services; and
Editor-in-Chief David Judson.
2 Books and media
5.1 2011 hacking incident
5.2 2012 leak
7 Further reading
8 External links
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Stratfor bills itself as a geopolitical intelligence platform, with
revenues derived from individual and enterprise subscriptions to
Stratfor Worldview, its online publication, and from advisory work for
Stratfor has published a daily intelligence briefing since its
inception in 1996. Its rise to prominence occurred with the release of
Kosovo Crisis Center during the 1999
NATO airstrikes over Kosovo,
which led to publicity in Time magazine, Texas Monthly, and other
publications. Before the end of 1999, however,
introduced a subscription service through which it offered the
majority of its analyses. At the time of the September 11, 2001
Stratfor made its "breaking news" paragraphs, as well as some
notable analyses predicting likely actions to be taken by al-Qaeda and
the Bush administration, available freely to the public.
Stratfor's publishing business includes written and multimedia
Stratfor Worldview and an iPhone and Android mobile
Stratfor Threat Lens, an enterprise level product
launched in September 2016, offers specific insight and analysis to
support corporate security leaders. Some of Stratfor's work remains
available free to the public.
Books and media
Stratfor has published collections of analysis in paperback and as
e-books on a variety of topics. Topics include user guides to personal
security, the "devolution of jihadism," and the U.S. war in
Afghanistan, according to a series of promotional videos on the
company's YouTube channel. Apparently, at one point, the books were
sold through a storefront on the company's website.
and long form analyses are now available through a dedicated, on-site
A number of the company's top analysts have published books in their
own name. Notable among these are founder
George Friedman and vice
president for intelligence Fred Burton. Kamran Bokhari, Stratfor's
former vice president for Middle East and
South Asian affairs, is the
author (with Farid Senzai) of Political Islam in the Age of
Democratization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Reviewer Amani el Sehrawey
called the book "an invaluable tool for those seeking to gain
knowledge of the nuances of the political systems of the Muslim world
from a historical perspective, as well as to understand the
contemporary changes happening in the region."
Barron's once referred to
Stratfor as "The Shadow CIA". Barrons'
Jonathan Laing has called Friedman "one of our favorite experts on
geopolitics," saying, "His judgments tend to be more nuanced and
long-term than those of the press or Wall Street." More recently,
James Fallows referenced a
Stratfor article on U.S.
strategy in Iraq and Ukraine, following outbreaks of turmoil in those
Friedman resigned from the company in 2015 to launch a new company,
The subscribers list for
Stratfor is confidential. The company's
publicity list includes
Fortune 500 companies and international
government agencies. The hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec
claimed to have made it public on December 24, 2011 as part of
Operation AntiSec. However,
Stratfor denied that the hack recovered
the client list.
Stratfor claimed that the group recovered only a
list of news subscriptions.
In October 2015,
Stratfor raised $12-million in funding through a
growth equity investment by Dallas-based Teakwood Capital.
Stratfor's plan for the funding includes expanding its intelligence
networks, enhancing operational infrastructure and moving into
2011 hacking incident
It was reported on December 24, 2011 that members of Anonymous had
stolen e-mail messages and credit card data from Stratfor's
website. According to the one page that remained published at
Stratfor's website, its status was reported as "Site is currently
undergoing maintenance[:] Please check back soon". The hackers
claimed to have used stolen credit card information to make donations
to various charities exceeding one million dollars.
The hackers also claimed to have retrieved more than 200 gigabytes of
data, and the list of the leaked accounts has been made available
online for users to check if they are affected. The group
initially posted three sets of stolen credit card data, one containing
3,956 items and the other 13,191 items. Next, they posted a set of
more than 30,000 items.
In November 2013, computer hacker
Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten
years in federal prison for his role in the Anonymous attack. An
Hector Xavier Monsegur (also known as "Sabu"),
initially faced 124 years in prison for his role in the attack, but
his sentence was reduced to time served plus one year's supervised
release in May 2014 in exchange for his cooperation as an FBI
Main article: 2012
Stratfor email leak
WikiLeaks announced the initial publication of more than five million
of Stratfor's e-mail messages on February 26, 2012. Anonymous
claimed to have provided
WikiLeaks with the data. George Friedman
stated that third parties may have forged or altered the e-mail
messages, but that
Stratfor would not validate either alterations or
Stratfor condemned the release as "deplorable".
Journalist Amy Goodman, writing in The Guardian, referred to the first
published leaks of
Stratfor material as peering into an
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Barrons. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
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LulzSec hacker 'Sabu' released after
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^ Andy Greenberg. "
WikiLeaks Tightens Ties To Anonymous In Leak Of
Stratfor Emails". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
George Friedman on Email Theft and the
Stratfor. February 28, 2012. Some of the emails may be forged or
altered to include inaccuracies. Some may be authentic. We will not
validate either [...]
George Friedman on Email Theft and the
Stratfor. February 28, 2012.
WikiLeaks and the Obama administration's War on Truth".
The Guardian. March 1, 2012.
Friedman, George (2005). America's secret war: inside the hidden
worldwide struggle between the
United States and its enemies. Random
House. ISBN 978-0-7679-1785-8.
Friedman, George, Torture and the U.S. Intelligence Failure, Stratfor,
Geopolitical Weekly, April 20, 2009
Stratfor: Inside the World of a Private CIA
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