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The group's reputation among foreign policy writers, analysts, and practitioners is poor; they are considered a punchline more often than a source of valuable information or insight. As a former recipient of their "INTEL REPORTS" (I assume someone at Stratfor signed me up for a trial subscription, which appeared in my inbox unsolicited), what I found was typically some combination of publicly available information and bland "analysis" that had already appeared in the previous day's New York Times. A friend who works in intelligence once joked that Stratfor is just The Economist a week la
Originally posted by mr-lizard
If it was such a joke, why the resignation and the statements saying 'erm some of those emails might have been doctored, but even if they have they're not true, none of them - we deny everything'
Dear loyal Stratfor partners and clients,
It is with great personal disappointment I have to inform you that I will resign from my position as CEO for Stratfor to immediate effect.
Please rest assured that this decision was not an easy. But in the light of the recent events, especially the release of our company emails by WikiLeaks, I have decided that stepping down is in the best interest of Stratfor and its customer base.
I want to emphasize that this will have no effect on Stratfor's business or its members and we will continue to provide state-of-the-art intelligence services.
Regarding the latest breach, Stratfor is fully in control of the situation However, while I cannot take any personal responsibility for this incident, I still have to admit that mistakes have been made on our side. To be clear: We certainly do not condone any criminal activities by groups like Anonymous or other hackers. This is theft and we will continue to cooperate with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice. But we must acknowledge that this incident would not have been possible if Stratfor had implemented stronger data protection mechanisms - which will be the case from now on. Indeed we will immediately move to implement the latest, and most comprehensive, data security measures.
While I played no role in our technical operations, as the company's CEO I do accept full responsibility thus will resign from my position effective immediately.
Again, my sincerest apologies for this whole unfortunate incident.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
I wish I could make as much money from being a joke as Stratfor does!!
Originally posted by MrSpad
I have read STRATFOR. Its pretty much just people making educated guesses out of open source information. Its a cheap service and sames some companies from having to have a staff to do it themselves. That being said they are wrong as often as they are right and I have never seen them ever break anything of interest. Think of them as a group that reads all the paper and web based publications and then has some people who are suppose to have a background and knowledge of a certain region read between the lines and guess what is happening. Why anyone would bother with them is beyond me unless a real intelligence organization is just to hard.