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:

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.
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 CrockettAlmanac.com
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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"....


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.. 

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