Leaked Email Shows Stratfor CEO George Friedman Resigned Two Hours Ago Over Latest Breach

Tyler Durden's picture

It is only somewhat appropriate that the announcement of the resignation of Stratfor's CEO would come in the form of a leaked email that once again was intercepted by Anonymous.

Via Anonymous:

From: george.friedman@stratfor.com
 
To: fred.burton@stratfor.com
 
Subject: Draft
 
Date: 2012-02-26 19:02:07
 
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.
 
Sincerely,
George Friedman

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holdbuysell's picture

Wow. He and the former CEO of HB Gary will have much to talk about.

Who's next?

flacon's picture

Damn those pesky "mistakes have been made". How about you pay the penalty for those "mistakes", sir! As if "mistakes" just sort of "happen".... 

Ahmeexnal's picture

Hmm...maybe the fact that Stratfor has just reported that Khamis Qadaffi/Gadhafi/Kadaphi pulled a JesusChrist and came back from the dead has something to do with all this:

 

http://main.aol.com/2011/08/05/khamis-gaddafi-killed_n_919151.html

http://www.stratfor.com/situation-report/libya-gadhafi-son-captured

JPM Hater001's picture

"Regarding the latest breach, Stratfor is fully in control of the situation ... 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."

ROFLMAO and thinking of how I go to bed when I am so giddy.

Fuckers.

Element's picture

spelling + grammar + layout + repeats + draft content = BS

I have a hard time accepting that email is the real deal.

JPM Hater001's picture

Fortunately your belief isnt required.

Dude resigns the dude resigns...And Anonymous is having fun.

Come to think of it so am I.

Element's picture

You don't have to believe it though, Stratfor has confirmed that this dodgy looking text purporting to be a GF resignation is indeed a fake, see:

Leak-Check: Stratfor's CEO Has Not Resigned After WikiLeaks Release

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/02/27/leak-check-stratfor...

 

"... In an email, a Stratfor spokesperson says Friedman hasn’t resigned. The company echoed that fact in a statement published Monday morning. “Under the continued leadership of founder and Chief Executive Officer George Friedman, Stratfor will not be silenced and will continue to publish the geopolitical analysis our friends and subscribers have come to rely upon.” ..."

 

Propaganda and cons work best when people WANT it to be true.

Moral of the story: don't trust dodgy anon sources

(it was a good way to discredit zh though)

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Damn those pesky "mistakes have been made". How about you pay the penalty for those "mistakes", sir! As if "mistakes" just sort of "happen"....

 

The adoption of E-prime as the preferred language would make such non-admission admissions impossible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Prime

redpill's picture

"mistakes have been made"

 

Just out of thin air, mind you.  Passive voice, the most powerful tool of spineless executives.

I mean, how can you really blame them.  Why would a firm that prides itself on having global intelligence experts possibly consider that ensuring private company e-mails are secure would be a wise idea? 

redpill's picture

Hey, that's the combination to my luggage!

redpill's picture

There's only one man who would dare to give me the raspberry!!!

palmereldritch's picture

You do know now that everyone is feverishly racking through their brain their luggage lock combination. Mine is...wait....fuck!

Sound of Silence's picture

"LowProfile: Can't vote you up, next time leave a space if you want to start with italicized text." What he said

RafterManFMJ's picture

 

 

How do we know his resignation email isn't faked?

CPL's picture

 

Who's next?

 

Whoever's on the collective shit list as the architects of this shit sandwich they served us all. 


Cursive's picture

Please rest assured that this decision was not an easy.

 

First, I was thinking, you do this in an e-mail?  Then dumbass proves why you don't use the informality of e-mail to do this.


Regarding the latest breach, Stratfor is fully in control of the situation However,

 

Lulz, it's down, again, as I type.


LowProfile's picture

Can't vote you up, next time leave a space if you want to start with italicized text.

Cursive's picture

@LowProfile

Thanks.  Learn something new everyday....

Moneyswirth's picture

While I played no role in our technical operations...

Some serious shite is going down here.

bugs_'s picture

Help Wanted:

New CEO for Stratfor

must speak h4x0r

must be cool

must not be a KILOWATT

hard copy resumes hand delivered only!  no email accepted!

Miles Kendig's picture

And remember that your sense of self importance as CEO will be skewered by folks with a competing sense of self importance as you lead a renowned team of delusional self important experts at pumping and pimping other delusional, self important assholes who dare to believe they are as self important as you.

Miles Kendig's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aig4pn74FL0&list=PL0A79C8C582D38AEF&index...

Party time at a cross roads of information management where the buy and sell side get to rotate hats as the need arises while playing twister drunk, stoned and sexed at the same time one gets to DJ the spin.  How friggin awesome is that :)

CIABS's picture

Help Wanted:

New CEO for Stratfor

Must believe that

- Al Qaeda exists

- Al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, masterminded and conducted the 9/11 attacks

- Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK

- Lee Harvey Oswald had anything to do with the killing of JFK

- Russians and other foreigners* are evil and do lots of nasty things all the time

- (*except for British, Israelis, Aussies, and other staunch U.S. allies)

- Americans, especially those of the military and espionage establishments, are not evil, never do nasty things, and always have the most noble, altruistic motives when they bomb and invade foreign countries

- and so on...

 

Miles Kendig's picture

So, why do you think anyone would want the job as Stratfor CEO?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGW4a1Gawmk

palmereldritch's picture

Good to know Newt has a fall back option

Threeggg's picture

Thats funny because the UK just ran out of money per Osborne two hours ago.............................................

The UK is out of Money !  Enter stage left the printing presses !! 

LOL

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9107485/Osborne-UK-has-run-out-of-money.html

Big trouble ahead !

 

holdbuysell's picture

i.e. - the shipment of ink from HP hasn't arrived yet due to supply chain management issues.

In the spirit of Monty Python:

"Those responsible have been sacked."

Ahmeexnal's picture

That means UK won't "help" the EU with it's debt.

Maybe that's why silver is about to go parabolic in a few hours.

Kali's picture

Can, meet brick wall.  No more kicking?  Wow.

SAT 800's picture

Big Trouble Ahead, Big Trouble Behind, Big Trouble on my Mind. Great Link; absolutely hilarious. "Fools to the left of me, Clowns to the right, and I'm stuck here in the middle with you".

Death and Gravity's picture

Reality bit him on the arse.

lolmao500's picture

Now that's ironic.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"while I cannot take any personal responsibility for this incident..."

Fucking douche.  Isn't "personal responsibility" the favorite catch phrase of these fuckers?  Of course like everything else with them it's do as I say, not as I do.  

WillyGroper's picture

>>>>>"while I cannot take any personal responsibility for this incident..."

 

I'm still worth the $300M golden parachute with medical, office, secretary &  unlimited use of private jet.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Does the golden parachute include a few hookers and unlimited blow?

apberusdisvet's picture

Stranger things may come out.  Will Corzine now admit to being the catalyst for the bulk of funding for Obama this year?

Seasmoke's picture

Stratfor is fully in control of the situation

 

Well, i hate to see what no control looks like

Gromit's picture

Consider the source.

A Lunatic's picture

I'm curious about what isn't being divulged here.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

Our thoughts go out to you and your family...............The CIA/NSA are hiring experienced spooks and drone pilots..