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

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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:

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.
George Friedman


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Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:05 | 2199257 holdbuysell
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Wow. He and the former CEO of HB Gary will have much to talk about.

Who's next?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:16 | 2199291 William Murderface
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$4 gas?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:42 | 2199356 flacon
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Damn those pesky "mistakes have been made". How about you pay the penalty for those "mistakes", sir! As if "mistakes" just sort of "happen".... 

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:48 | 2199372 Ahmeexnal
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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:

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:30 | 2199507 JPM Hater001
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"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.


Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:05 | 2199731 markmotive
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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 02:15 | 2199841 caconhma
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The "leaks" are bogus.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 03:58 | 2199900 Michael
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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:27 | 2199997 Element
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spelling + grammar + layout + repeats + draft content = BS

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

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:35 | 2200166 JPM Hater001
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Fortunately your belief isnt required.

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

Come to think of it so am I.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 20:20 | 2202174 Element
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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


"... 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)

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:29 | 2199508'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.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:11 | 2199617 redpill
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"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? 

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:21 | 2199645 Urban Roman
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"Shit happens".

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:38 | 2199678 TruthInSunshine
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Friedman's password was 12345

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:44 | 2199695 redpill
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Hey, that's the combination to my luggage!

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:54 | 2199710 superbroker1
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Space balls?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 04:42 | 2199927 redpill
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There's only one man who would dare to give me the raspberry!!!

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:32 | 2199795 palmereldritch
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You do know now that everyone is feverishly racking through their brain their luggage lock combination. Mine is...wait....fuck!

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:35 | 2199792 palmereldritch
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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:28 | 2199661 Sound of Silence
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"LowProfile: Can't vote you up, next time leave a space if you want to start with italicized text." What he said

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:27 | 2199781 RafterManFMJ
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How do we know his resignation email isn't faked?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 08:52 | 2200079 CPL
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Who's next?


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

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:08 | 2199262 Cursive
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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.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:16 | 2199632 LowProfile
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Can't vote you up, next time leave a space if you want to start with italicized text.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:18 | 2199639 Cursive
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Thanks.  Learn something new everyday....

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:08 | 2199263 Moneyswirth
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While I played no role in our technical operations...

Some serious shite is going down here.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:10 | 2199270 bugs_
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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!

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:26 | 2199316 Miles Kendig
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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.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:45 | 2199375 bugs_
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a really cool job! 

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:10 | 2199448 Miles Kendig
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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 :)

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:08 | 2199607 CIABS
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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...


Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:59 | 2199718 Miles Kendig
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So, why do you think anyone would want the job as Stratfor CEO?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:38 | 2199804 palmereldritch
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Good to know Newt has a fall back option

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:14 | 2199280 Threeggg
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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 !! 


Big trouble ahead !


Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:24 | 2199312 holdbuysell
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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."

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:41 | 2199349 Ahmeexnal
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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.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:24 | 2199313 Kali
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Can, meet brick wall.  No more kicking?  Wow.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:41 | 2199351 SAT 800
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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".

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:12 | 2199281 Death and Gravity
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Reality bit him on the arse.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:14 | 2199287 lolmao500
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Now that's ironic.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:16 | 2199289 LetThemEatRand
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"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.  

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:05 | 2199436 WillyGroper
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>>>>>"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.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:43 | 2199547 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Does the golden parachute include a few hookers and unlimited blow?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:26 | 2199320 apberusdisvet
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Stranger things may come out.  Will Corzine now admit to being the catalyst for the bulk of funding for Obama this year?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:34 | 2199331 Seasmoke
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Stratfor is fully in control of the situation


Well, i hate to see what no control looks like

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:39 | 2199342 Gromit
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Consider the source.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:40 | 2199348 max2205
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Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:41 | 2199350 A Lunatic
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I'm curious about what isn't being divulged here.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:44 | 2199366 dick cheneys ghost
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Our thoughts go out to you and your family...............The CIA/NSA are hiring experienced spooks and drone pilots.. 

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:44 | 2199368 Seasmoke
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cmon now, he resigned over this ???????????

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:46 | 2199376 Robslob
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"I want to emphasize that this will have no effect on Stratfor's business or its members ..."

Enter ANY CEO's name after this and you would have it about 100% right!

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:46 | 2199377 eddiebe
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What ever happened to ' Admit to nothing, disclose nothing? Asshole must not be one of the insiders. Move along....

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:50 | 2199390 ebworthen
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Who said there was no moral hazard in the bailouts and rescinding of individual liberty and rights again?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:51 | 2199393 ExpendableOne
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Not a good day to be the latest contractor / consultick working for Strafor.  Security on the "interwebs" is tough.  No place for newbies.  And that email is great.  Apparently the decision to resign was done in hast as he didn't bother to proof read it.  Should be interesting to see what else comes out on wiki leaks from these guys.  Surely, a security cock up would not prompt the CEO / Founder to jump ship.  Must be more interesting email in there somewhere.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:56 | 2199579 Hugo Chavez
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Honey traps. Illegal bribes. Conspiracy to commit insider trading. This is just the first few hours. I cant wait until we get balls deep into the memos and all their juicy little details.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:20 | 2199641 Kiwi Pete
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lol Hugo. You have a great grasp of English slang for a Venezuelan.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:19 | 2200000 navy62802
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"balls deep" translates into all languages .. hahaha

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:55 | 2199409 non_anon
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i'm waiting for a smoking gun on the FEDRES, End the FED!

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 22:59 | 2199423 devo
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How do we download these emails? I don't see them on wikileaks.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:20 | 2199478 zkay
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There you are, friend! Here's one gem:


""Among the millions of other leaked Stratfor emails are some that reveal dubious financial practices, including an apparent insider trading scheme with Goldman Sachs Managing Director Shea Morenz, who joined Stratfor's board of directors and invested "substantially" more than $4 million in the scheme, called StratCap. "What StratCap will do is use our Stratfor's intelligence and analysis to trade in a range of geopolitical instruments," wrote Stratfor CEO George Friedman in September 2011. StratCap was designed through a complex offshore share structure to appear legally independent, but Friedman assured Stratfor staff otherwise: "Do not think of StratCap as an outside organisation. It will be integral... It will be useful to you... We are already working on mock portfolios and trades." (StratCap has been due to launch in 2012, though that could now change.)"

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:22 | 2199486 zkay
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And another:

Titled, "FW: Failure of Stratfor-Stratcap deal "

I don't know what it will cost to support StratCap. But it is our
mutual ignorance of that, and my insistence that StratCap have
every chance to be successful and that Stratfor use the money to
grow its publishing business that makes the current proposal
inconceivable. It leaves Stratfor without investment capital for
its publishing business until and if we learn whether the amount
required is within its needs--and disastrous consequences if the
needs are being Stratfor's resources. An artificial cap endangers
StratCap and eliminates my interest in investment. I will not be
the public image of StratCap, ridiculed for the failure of an
enterprise that was built to fail.

My understanding with Shea was that we would--as is the only
option--collegially attack these problems with a commitment of
both of us to making both companies work. I feel that Shea has
broken his agreement in two ways. First, he has attempted to
create business obligations for Stratfor that are open ended and
potentially disastrous. Second, he has done so without
guaranteeing the success of StratCap given the fact that we don't
know what it will take. The premature and thoughtless
negotiations that have taken place violate common sense, but do
create a situation in which StratCap can overwhelm Stratfor.
Obviously, I won't permit this.

In addition, all that has happened has violated the fundamental
principles I laid out at the beginning. These were both
non-negotiable and and consistently violated both in the
negotiating process and in the final business arrangements. We
are in the absurd position where I am to be Chairman of a company
with an adversarial relationship with a company I am CEO of, while
Shea is President of a company that is an adversary of a company
on whose board he serves. Sheer madness.

From where I sit, this deal is dead. Given the time, effort and
hopes that were devoted to this, I am prepared for a final
discussion confined to Shea, Don and myself. the issue is two
fold. First, how do we resurrect a relationship in which my
existential requirements are respected. Second how do we align
the interests of the two companies. I have to confess that I am
not optimistic but I will have this discussion if Shea wishes.

I am leaving for Indonesia tomorrow evening and at that time
moving on with my life. I will have things to explain in the
company where we have proceeded to implement our obligations to
StratCap in good faith. The only thing more painful that aborted
an enterprise that was already underway, would be implementing it
in the current terms and atmosphere. That will not happen.



George Friedman

Founder and CEO


221 West 6th Street

Suite 400

Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: 512-744-4319

Fax: 512-744-4334"



Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:45 | 2199554 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Stratfor is out of Austin? It is time to get about 24 million armed Texans into a fury and poke a few holes through this bastard!

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:50 | 2199564 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Shit, I used to walk by there all of the time when out drinking in downtown Austin.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:04 | 2200106 CPL
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I hope he understands that if he's going to indonesia that rolling blackouts are in effect which means spotty phone, internet, tv, radio, refridgeration, food.


Good luck to him, big yankee money bags like him should blend in like a chameleon while in

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:27 | 2199498 devo
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Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:51 | 2199565 Tyler Durden
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Contrary to what it seems, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this kind of arrangement, as hedge funds, prop desks and other investing channels always rely on expert advice, whether in house or 3rd party.

The recent blow up of expert networks had nothing to do with the expert content of the information, and all to do with the content itself being illegal and potentially market moving (usually involving biotech companies). As an intelligence company, it would be stupid or Goldman or someone else to not take advantage of their expertise in geopolitical matters. Was it wrong? Unless they explicitly stated that Goldman would trade ahead of the general public based on material, non public information, i.e., in breach of SEC regulation, it was 100% perfectly legal.

We are the first to poke holes when any entity is caught breaking the law. This however, is not one of those times.

Furthermore, the follow up email indicating the breakdown of StratCap implicitly shows that not even Goldman found Stratfor to be a valuable source of behind the scene intelligence/information.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 04:09 | 2199906 Michael
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Are you sure?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:18 | 2199933 i-dog
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"not even Goldman found Stratfor to be a valuable source"

I think you are placing rather too much importance on a single Goldman "managing director" ... one of 2,000 of them, and a relatively recent one at that ... doing some personal side business with Stratfor -- and then trying to screw them (when he couldn't come up with the $4mill), as only a Goldmanite can do.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:05 | 2200108 CPL
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Anyone with a mind, ethics and any sense of commitment to people quit four years ago with their war chest and ran.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:21 | 2200001 Element
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But did John Mauldin come out of it smelling like ass?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:00 | 2199424 Rock the Casbah
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"While I played no role in our technical operations...."


Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:08 | 2199441 WillyGroper
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"While I played no role in our testicle operations....."



Fixed it for ya

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:09 | 2199445 AU5K
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Anonymous owns you bitchez.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:16 | 2199467 slewie the pi-rat
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george resigning to the archMoron"fredBurton"

"VIA Anonymous"!  Please!!!  i'm trying to play cards, here!

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:16 | 2199468 booboo
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bah, old news as I read it on toilet stall partition in the men's room of a KFC last week. Wackitleaks is way ahead on this.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:29 | 2199506 pmm009
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This guy was just a second tier intelligence analyst that started a neat company with a good idea at the right time.  He obviously knows zero about networking and more important wasn't smart enough to bring in some real pros.  Guys get some recurring revenue and think they're invincible.  This guy was sticking his you know what in you know who's business.  Did he really think he was going to play in that sand box with no consequence.  No accident that this is going down as we head toward another conflict. 

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:30 | 2199510 zkay
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"From: "Chris Farnham"
To: "Alpha List"
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2011 7:22:52 PM
Subject: Re: [alpha] S3/G3* ISRAEL/IRAN - Barak hails munitions
blast in Iran

I think the info that Fred sent in previously needs to be looked
quite seriously here.

The insight seems like quite a stretch however it has been put
out there for some reason or another and is now playing in to
what we are seeing.

Insight below:

Source below was asked to clarify his remarks that the nuclear
infrastructure had been destroyed. Source response:

Israeli commandos in collaboration with Kurd forces destroyed
few underground facilities mainly used for the Iranian defense
and nuclear research projects.

Despite the reports in the media and against any public
knowledge, the promoter of a massive Israeli attack on Syria is
the axis India-Russia-Turkey-Saudi Arabia. The axis
US-Germany-France-China is against such an attack from obvious
reasons. Not many people know that Russia is one of Israel's
largest military partners and India is Israel's largest client.

If a direct conflict between Iran and Israel erupts, Russia and
Saudi Arabia will gain the advantages on oil increasing prices.
On the other hand, China and Europe are expected to loose from
an oil crisis as a result of a conflict. Based on Israeli plans,
the attack on Iran will last only 48 hours but will be so
destructive that Iran will be unable to retaliate or recover and
the government will fall. It is hard to believe that Hamas or
Hezbollah will try to get involved in this conflict.

In the open media many are pushing and expecting Israel to
launch a massive attack on Iran. Even if the Israelis have the
capabilities and are ready to attack by air, sea and land, there
is no need to attack the nuclear program at this point after the
commandos destroyed a significant part of it.

If a massive attack on Iran happens soon, then the attack will
have political and oil reasons and not nuclear. It is also very
hard to believe that the Israelis will initiate an attack unless
they act as a contractor for other nations or if Iran or its
proxies attack first. With the revealed of the new UN report the
Israelis have green light to take care of the Iranian proxies in
Gaza and Lebanon now with the entire world watching Iran. I
think that we should expect escalations on these fronts rather
than an Israeli attack on Iran.

On 11/7/11 8:09 AM, Chris Farnham wrote: Ah, what? Israel has
already destroyed the Iranian prog/infra and this is all being
engineered by Europeans so people forget about the economy

How and when did the Israelis destroy the infra on the ground?

Why is that we see the vast majority of the increase in pressure
coming from Israel (I mean straight from people's mouths) and
from the US (Such as Albright in the WaPo)?

Would anyone actually accept that this could let the Europeans
forget about the Euro crisis, something they have been
experiencing every day for over a year?!

Do we attribute any credibility to this item at all? I don't
even see what possible disinfo purposes this could serve.

On 11/7/11 7:54 AM, Benjamin Preisler wrote:

Code: IL701
Publication: for background
Attribution: none
Source Description - Confirmed Israeli Intelligence Agent
Source reliability: Still testing
Item credibility: untested
Source handler: Fred

Source was asked what he thought of reports that the Israelis
were preparing a military offensive against Iran. Response:

I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed
all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks
ago. The current "let's bomb Iran" campaign was ordered by the
EU leaders to divert the public attention from their at home
financial problems. It plays also well for the US since
Pakistan, Russia and N. Korea are mentioned in the report.

The result of this campaign will be massive attacks on Gaza
and strikes on Hezbollah in both Lebanon and Syria."

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:36 | 2199526 zkay
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"I will be sending the guidance list to our confed partner tomorrow.
Thanks to those who have responded. I've included and example list of
items at the end of this email. Please feel free to add on to it.


Hi everyone,

Yesterday I met with a Brazilian confederation partner, a major newspaper
here. Yesterday I met with the main POC as well as the head of the paper
to discuss how we could make our partnership more productive.

One of the things the paper requested from us was a list of particular
items we are interested in. Our POC is willing to put us in contact to
the various reporters that are experts in our areas of interest. These
people will be available for general chats and also specific questions.
So, what I need is a list of items that we are interested in. They need
to be a nice balance between specific versus general.

One we turn this in, they will have a better idea of who to put us in
touch with. From there we can send specific questions, for example: how
will the Chevron spill affect oil regulations?

Yesterday I met people who can help with macroeconomics/policy,
infrastructure and Brazilian politics. So, those would be good areas to
have some items of interest. This list will be helpful for both the
cooperation and updating our guidance. I would like to get this list to
our POC late Monday of next week or Tuesday at the latest.


- Policy decision regarding growth, inflation
- Trade disputes with Argentina
- Relationship with china; energy investments, dumping goods, industry

- Port modernization projects
- Measure being implemented to make sure World Cup projects are completed
on time

- Military exercises along the border
- 13 treaties with border countries to coordinate efforts in anti-drug
- Any pressure on military budgets in the face of financial constratints

- Jan cabinet reshuffle
- Outcome and consequences of Para state division vote"

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:36 | 2199528 Lore
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Stepping down as CEO is not the same as leaving the organization. Note the continued inclusive self-reference to himself as part of the collective "we" toward the end of the letter.

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

Apparently he does, else he would not apparently go through the motions of resigning. Is it confirmed that he is in fact resigning?  This copy is just a DRAFT...

Can you delegate and plant a letter of resignation?

Never liked Stratfor.  An intel newsletter should strive to describe things as they are and cut through authorized narratives.


Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:38 | 2199534 virgilcaine
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Resign or else have an unfortunate incident in a swimming pool or hot tub?

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:46 | 2199558 prains
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this decision was not an easy.     WTF

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:32 | 2200008 Element
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Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:49 | 2199561 Nobody For President
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"fully in control of this situation..."

Which is why this e-mail is out in the wild.

And these guys are supposed to be 'experts' on national security issues?

You  Can Not Make This Shit UP!


Wonder how big this asshole's golden parachute is? Anybody?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:08 | 2199612 Hugo Chavez
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Fully in control of the situation......

What? Is he now channeling Alexander Haig?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:06 | 2199603 Hugo Chavez
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"Mistakes were made."

Did he really say that? That line is the campy respinse when someone wants to mimic a stupid bureaucrat.

Next thing they say will be they are forming a committee or task force to study the issue and make recommendations.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:10 | 2199613 split4to1
Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:29 | 2199663 SgtSchultz
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If he were running a government agency he would have been promoted and received a bigger budget.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:40 | 2199682 Atomizer
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Via Pastebin 




Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:41 | 2199688 bankonzhongguo
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Give me a break.

This is a planted "document."

This is all about making Anonymous the master seditious cyber criminals of the universe and will provide another nail in the coffin of internet usage, cyber commerce and at least the guise of anonymity.

Does Anonymous do anything against banks - the root power of all these seeming problems?  Any damning bank emails that could be used by any state AG to prosecute anybody?


Rest assured though, evil Anonymous will "hack the national ATM networks."

False Flag 101.

Anonymous is an NSA front to get permanent control of the net. 

Stratfor is all to willing to help these control freak efforts.

When its all done, your social security number will be your mobile IP/DNA address.

Thanks for keeping Amerika safe. 




Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:35 | 2200013 Element
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Instantly read-as-fake to me also.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 08:48 | 2200071 lakecity55
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Unless things have greatly changed over the last few years, I immediately doubted PVT Manning's role in this fiasco and the press-portrayed story of Assange.

That said, I have seen a high-ranking officer relieved due to an absolute mess of documents in a secured container. The squids had documents scattered all over the lab, so it is possible. The worst offenders were the scientists.

There is a lot more to this story. Do not take "wikileaks" at face value. Also do not discount the possibility it is run by a foreign service instead of everyone's favorite bogeyman, the NSA. If you  think the Russians are no longer running ops against the US, you are wrong.

The jury is still out on exactly who Anonymous is.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 00:53 | 2199708 wisefool
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I was hangin out with my dad this weekend. work work work. take a break to eat and we turned on some foxnews. (He can still afford cable)

We caught it mid segment but this young guy was talking very sanguinly about GW1 and GW2. No weapons there, and bad intelligence the second time. my dad says what went wrong. I said too many PhDs in Poly sci.

Then we found out the pundit, talking around 13:00 was an advisor for newt gingrich! on fox news!

Timmay for best actor!

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:09 | 2199745 rosethorn
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Hey George Friedman,

Everything in the company is your responsibility; that's why you got paid the big bucks. 




Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:16 | 2199759 q99x2
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From John Mauldin's Feb. 23, 2012 post on

'George is the expert in geopolitics, and his company is the best source out there for geopolitical analysis. Thus, his recent article, "The State of the World: A Framework," is well worth a thorough read. It identifies three distinct phenomena the world is facing: the European financial crisis, the Chinese export crisis, and Iran's rise to power in the Middle East.'

Although, I'm sure they've made his list of fuckheads by now, according to George, anonymous is not a distinct phenomena that the world faces.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:19 | 2199766 Bringin It
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Wiki = Disinfo about disinfo, talking about disinfo.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:53 | 2200226 MsCreant
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Your post is disinfo, about the talking disinfo, regarding the disinfo, of the disinfo group, Wikileaks.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:30 | 2199785 Hugo Chavez
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I just sent my CV to Fred Burton at Stratfor. Nice of anonymous to give me his email.

You never know.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:31 | 2199789 Screwtape III
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Any information of yours that you can access via the Internet should be considered compromised.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:38 | 2199803 Baptiste Say
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Don't know why there is such glee to see Statfor hacked and it's CEO resign.

George Friedman is clearly not an elitist, as Tyler said most of the company's offerings were served with a delusion of grandeur, Goldman didn't find any of the company's analysis good enough to be tradable.

Now if major insider Henry Kissinger's was hacked, or Rockefeller's Bilderberger server, or the CIA or some other alphabet soup organisation was hacked by anonymous I could understand the glee, but all Stratfor did was sell the best analysis they could offer as outsiders, fancy graphs and graphics to men with too much money to blow.

Ultimately the business was just like any small business and now it's fucked thanks to Anon and absolutely nothing explosive was revealed because like I said Friedman wasn't an insider, he has the same 'owners' as the rest of us.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:46 | 2200021 Element
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Got to agree. I don't like Strafor's style and pontificating, but I've never understood why anon hackers are going after them.

You'd hope there's a logical process of targeting going on behind their actions.

Perhaps anon could explain the logic of it.

(or perhaps it ain't them doing it)

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 01:51 | 2199817 mimiss
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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 02:54 | 2199870 cse777
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There is one thing I can tell you for sure:

is not, and I repeat IS NOT the e-mail address of George Friedman at For security reasons they do not use these obvious verbose e-mail adresses at Stratfor. 

And from this very fact I conclude that the e-mail you have published above must be a fake.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 03:50 | 2199896 magpie
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Ergo we conclude that Anonymous/Wikileaks are operating with forgeries ?

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 04:45 | 2199930 Bear
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Since George Friedman is Stratfor ... this has to be a hoax

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 05:08 | 2199942 Rogue Economist
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[b]Apparently according to Zero Hedge the CEO of Stratfor George Friedman has now Resigned resultant from repeated hacking of his website by Anonymous.[/b]

If true, this is a pretty significant "victory" for Anonymous, but at the same time one must remeber George isn't really that much of an "insider", he's just an analyst who has been peddling his viewpoint fairly successfully for a number of years to corporations and market traders, and about all the stuff I have read from Stratfor is pretty much the same kind of hypothesis I do all the time, just in theory George has more contacts to "insiders" who tell him stuff.

Another possibility is it wasn't Anonymous at all that hacked Stratfor, but rather some CIA Geeks charged with the task because George was saying stuff they did not like.

Now, no doubt George has $Millions stashed away and I doubt he really needs or depends on his Stratfor Income to Hobknob some with the Illuminati. He'll also likely start up a NEW Geoplitical "analysis" company, contact his same old Buddies he got info from before and set up a NEW (hopefully for him more secure) web server.

Really far as I am concerned neither Wikileaks or Anonymous has proved in any way they can hack out really IMPORTANT websites and networks.  if Anonymous could take down all the Bloomberg Terminals with a DDoS attack, then I would be impressed.  If Wikleaks could hack out the NSA emails or even the Rand Corporation, then I would be impressed.  To date, Anonymous has not done anyhting really systemically destructive and Wikileaks hasn't revealed any such damaging information as to bother TPTB much at all.

Its all rather just game playing, and I suspect a good portion of "Wikileaks" are leaked on purpose and its a lot of bullshit. Until the Hackers really pull off a Big One, this stuff mainly seems to me to just be distraction.


Mon, 02/27/2012 - 20:37 | 2202238 Element
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 pretty significant "victory"


Really?  I fail to see how or why.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 06:41 | 2199975 ciao
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Aren't we all now waiting for Tyler's account of the ZH relationship with Stratfor? 


We have been constantly upbraided here by Stratfor warmongering propaganda and it has been uncritically distributed by the editors of this site on a relentless basis. 

20% uraniam as weapons grade and constant sabre rattling come immediately to mind. 

The mud is stuck. 

One thing you can say for Wikileaks is that questions about their links with the Rothschild's legal team and their choice of redactors might in part proved to have been addressed with this release.

While we are at it, lets get a committment to foreswear the Progressivist liberal fascist abuse as presaged by the contributors use of the weasel Fabian fag words :

"There are reports"

"There are fears"

"Activists say"

"Experts agree"

"The international commmunity demands"

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 20:38 | 2202239 Element
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"The international commmunity demands"


Oh come on!!  Hillary uses that every other sentence!

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 07:03 | 2199990 bullionbaron
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From Twitter: Contrary to information circulating on the Internet, George Friedman has not resigned and remains CEO of


If these sorts of wild rumours and fake emails continue to circulate it's likely to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the entire email cache IMO.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:07 | 2200111 BillyBoy22
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This is the most interesting document ive read thus far.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 09:54 | 2200227 konputa
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OK so ANONYMOUS and Wikileaks are both involved with this nonsense. I guess there is no question that the 2 of them have heavy support from some in the intelligence community.


Sorry Stratfor, apparently you went off message one time too many.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 10:52 | 2200360 Shizzmoney
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Cue the "ORLY" Owl:

@AnonyOps  & Goldman Sachs started hedge fund called to trade on illegal inside gov't info Pure evil

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 11:26 | 2200476 lolmaster
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another false flag op intended to give stratfor the air of relevance (oooh look we talk to penny "c*nt" pritzker)

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 12:39 | 2200685 unclebill
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"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." Wateva! lol

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 12:41 | 2200698 Kipper und Wipp...
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On twitter:

Contrary to information circulating on the Internet, George Friedman has not resigned and remains CEO of @Stratfor

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 15:25 | 2201282 Lore
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Ahhh. It was fake, as we suspected.

Leak-Check: Stratfor's CEO Has Not Resigned After WikiLeaks Release (27-Feb)

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 11:46 | 2201446 Archduke
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picked up by Wired:


I'd rather have, moderately open despite subscription, intelligence like stratfor than some nebulous cabal.

But I think stratfor crossed that threshold when they openly backed HBGary and got in bed with Goldman.


It'll be too bad to see Friedman go.  One thing that became apparent over the past months was how stratfor

was losing quality analysis like rats fleeing a sinking ship (except for the captain, of course).  for example,

the videos were presented by underaged inarticulate young poli sci students reading from telperompter.


What this highlights is a avictory for a form of non-commercial, open-source intelligence, here represented

by Wikileaks and Anonymous, versus the closed system of insiders.  Both are in the business of intelligence,

of collecting secrets. Where they differ is what they do with the product.  One group seeking to expose sailliant

information to the masses, the other to contain it and sell it to a priviledged few.  In a way this is an asymmetric

battle which, as Julian Assange puts it, favours transparency.  It takes effort to keep secrets, a huge cost that

acts as a tax inertia, which in the course of attrition, should favour the party of transparency and openeness.


or just to quote our next favourite anarcho-commie richard stallman to the mix: information wants to be free.

but this time, both free as in free speech and free as in free-beer.  Now if George Friedman has any acumen,

he should consider joining the enemy camp and lend some weight to WikiLeaks, but alas, I suspect he is much

too much of a neocon idealist rather than a social pragmatist. He also doesn't strike me as the pro-bono type.


Mon, 02/27/2012 - 18:26 | 2201948 ciao
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Posted earlier was an extract of a comment by Chris Farnham over the Israel-Iran strategic fantasy "Barak hails mission blast in Iran". 

To get a better picture on zionist mush mouth Burton and the intent of this Stratfor organisation rag you might read another account of the internal "analysis" the full extract noting Burton's interdiction and shutdown with "p.s. I’m offended that we may believe an Iranian before a Jew."


Can't see MScreant or Tyler piping in here.  It is stuck hard.


Mon, 02/27/2012 - 20:33 | 2202233 Element
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Sceptics gone mad.

Dysinfo everywhere.

Who are we to believe?

Isn't that the AIM, and the conclusion that we're supposed to 'independently' arrive at, from these organised shenanigans?

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 01:14 | 2202776 kholmar
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you guys are bigger sheep than the sheep you like to make fun of.

this stuff is all fake.

George Friedman didn't resign so all the REST of it is bullshit too...sigh

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 16:35 | 2205153 ovigia
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they should change the name to stratcheese...since it has more holes than a swiss cheese.

i forgot...

of course stratfor is evil, but every time i hear about anonymous and wikileaks (although we've got some interesting info) i always remember this "Lawrence Lessig on the coming "i-Patriot Act""

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