WikiLeaks has published secret documents that reveal a US agenda to topple Venezuela president Hugo Chavez.
The 40,000 documents contain emails sent between July 2004 and December 2011 from private intelligence company, Stratfor.
Stratfor, based in Austin, Texas, operates under the guise of providing analysis, but it has been referred to it as “The Shadow CIA”.
In 2011 members of the activist group, Anonymous, had obtained email messages that totaled more than 200 gigabytes of data.
At the time, the mainstream media mainly focused on how Anonymous used the companies credit card information to make payments to charities, while largely ignoring the fact that the operation was to uncover ‘off the record’ data and expose the dealings the company has with major corporations, military contracting sectors and government agencies.
Basically information that we, the people, have a right to know about.
According to Znet, some of the emails focus on political change in Venezuela and the counties military capability:
The leaked emails cover a range of issues, but concentrate on the energy sector, especially petrochemicals and oil; political change and the state of the counter-revolutionary forces; and the state of the military and armed forces. They also touch on Venezuela’s relations with Cuba, China, Russia, and Iran, as well as providing bleak projections of the economy and future of the financial sector.
The firm’s emails are listed with the addresses of the sender and receiver, as well as mentioning, amongst other things, the reliability of the source from which they take the information. One email, which exposes the political requisites for reliability, according to Stratfor, uses a source described as a “Venezuelan economist in Caracas” who is described as having “source reliability: B (solidly anti-Chavez)”.
According to WikiLeaks, Stratfor is:
“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 Defense Intelligence Agency.
“The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods”.