US firm Stratfor monitoring Rahul Gandhi : WikiLeaks

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  1. Galaxy

    Galaxy Elite Member Elite Member

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    US firm Stratfor monitoring Rahul Gandhi : WikiLeaks

    New Delhi, February 29, 2012

    After Manmohan Singh was sworn in as the Prime Minister in July 2009, US intelligence firm Stratfor decided to monitor power politics in the Congress as they thought Rahul Gandhi would be the next PM.

    "Watch power politics in Congress party, especially as Rahul Gandhi (son of Sonia Gandhi) is being groomed for a top position," says a Stratfor email dated July 21, 2009, now exposed by WikiLeaks.

    Since the win for the UPA in the 2009 general elections, many Congress leaders including Digvijaya Singh, Jairam Ramesh and Pranab Mukherjee have declared that Rahul was fit to become the PM. There was even speculation last year after Sonia's illness that Rahul could step in as the PM before the 2014 general elections.

    The bickering between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress is a recent phenomenon since Mamata Banerjee became the West Bengal chief minister last year. But Stratfor was asked to monitor such disputes in 2009 when the Trinamool became an ally in UPA-II. "Monitor political rivalries between mainstream political parties (Congress, BJP) and second and third-tier parties that support ruling coalition. There is no need to get into the nitty gritty of this, but watch for large-scale defections and any major policy decisions by chief ministers of key states," the Stratfor email says. The e-mail said internal politics in India can by "dizzyingly complex", but Stratfor wanted statements from states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh monitored regularly.

    The email also says that Delhi was now paying more attention to Chinese activity on its border in Arunachal Pradesh. "Watch Sino-Indian tensions - India is getting antsy about Chinese military and civilian infrastructure build-up in Tibet along the Arunachal Pradesh border," the Stratfor email says. It also mentions that there are rumours that India will send 50,000 troops to the Chinese border. "But no word on when, where those troops would come from… Look for any further info on this and any shifts in troop deployments," the email says, pointing to Stratfor's interest in monitoring the situation on the India-China border. According to the leaked email put out by WikiLeaks, Stratfor was also tracking Indian military exercises with details as precise as the location, date, other participants and focus of such military exercises.

    Stratfor was also monitoring the threat to India from Pakistan-based terror groups such as LeT and JeM. "The Indian media reports a lot on threats, thwarted plots, arrests, etc. - monitor these closely, as we have a number of clients concerned about security in India," the e-mail says, adding that an eye should be kept out for any threats to MNCs or IT companies. "India is on edge over Pakistan's jihadist problem and is worried about the spillover effect - look for any comments or actions by India in relation to Pakistani instability," the email says.

    US firm Stratfor monitoring Rahul Gandhi: WikiLeaks : North News - India Today
  3. Raj30

    Raj30 Senior Member Senior Member

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    A secret no more | Hard News
    Indian Express editor, Shekhar Gupta, is Stratfor's only contact in India

    Stratfor, a US-based global intelligence firm with alleged CIA links, spied on Bhopal Gas tragedy activists at the behest of Dow Chemicals, reveals WikiLeaks
    Hardnews Bureau Delhi

    In a startling revelation, WikiLeaks has leaked parts of emails which suggest that the US-based global intelligence agency Stratfor spied on the online activities of Bhopal Gas tragedy activists. The covert operation was being done at the behest of Dow Chemicals that is now facing the flak of activists and the media. On Monday, WikiLeaks started to publish parts of five million emails on the modus operandi of the intelligence think-tank, which has alleged links with the CIA. It has been established that many of the company's clients are intelligence and US military agencies.
    Named 'The Global Intelligence Files', the Stratfor emails between July 2004 and late December 2011, reveal the "inner workings of 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." A statement on the WikiLeaks website claims they have put up the emails that reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods".
    The emails also disclose how Stratfor has roped in a number of informants who are paid via Swiss banks and prepaid credit cards. "Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and journalists around the world," reads the statement on WikiLeaks.
    The spying of activists has raised a storm in India, with many of them planning to sue the company for its role. Meanwhile, Dow has clarified that it sought information only to protect its employees and property from those "who would threaten, disrupt and misrepresent" the company.
    Interestingly, one of the files ( suggests that the Indian Express editor, Shekhar Gupta, is Stratfor's only contact in India. The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet goes on to name many other contacts in many other countries.
    Additionally, the firm even gave membership to Pakistan General Hamid Gul, who is widely believed to be responsible for planning an IED attack on NATO forces in Afghanistan. "Stratfor claims that it operates 'without ideology, agenda or national bias', yet the emails reveal private intelligence staff who align themselves closely with US government policies and channel tips to the Mossad..." reads the statement.
    Meanwhile, after this storm, which the intelligence firm called a direct attack – an act aimed at intimidating it into silence – Stratfor has made all its content available for free on its website. Earlier, only the members had access to all the information. "As most of you know, in December thieves hacked into Stratfor data systems and stole a large number of company emails, as well as private information of Stratfor subscribers and friends. Today WikiLeaks is publishing the emails that were stolen in December. This is a deplorable, unfortunate – and illegal – breach of privacy.
  4. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    North Carolina, USA
    As a practical matter, is following on-line activities of other spying? How?
  5. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Shekhar Gupta is the same guy who printed that the army is attempting a coup.
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  6. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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