February 28, 2012


Whistleblower website WikiLeaks began exposing more than five million emails from the US-based global security analysis firm Stratfor alleging it had monitored activities of Bhopal gas tragedy activists at behest of Dow Chemicals.

The Bhopal disaster in India is considered as one of the world's worst industrial catastrophes. It had occurred on December 2, 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Around 3,787 people were killed in the incident, 3,000 died within weeks and another 8,000 had died from gas-related diseases.

However, the revelation by WikiLeaks, has been rejected by Stratfor. In a statement, the firm said that the release of its stolen emails was an attempt to silence it. Some of the emails published on WikiLeaks may be forged or altered and some may be authentic.

The firm rejected the report that its founder and chief executive officer George Friedman has resigned from his post. The report circulated on the internet was not true.

However, the firm will not explain about all the leaked emails. Even though, the emails have been stolen, the company would not be victimised once again by questioning about them.

WikiLeaks on Sunday had announced that Stratfor's confidential emails from July 2004 to December 2011 will be exposed on website on Monday. It will reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.

The documents have been analysed with the help of 25 publications around the world including Rolling Stone in the United States, L’Espresso in Italy and The Hindu in India.

However, it did not disclose how the emails were obtained by the site. But Stratfor acknowledged that its data severs were hacked in December by a group of hackers known as Anonymous.

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