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Feb 29, 2012

The filth and the fury (and the catfood): Stratfor talks WikiLeaks

The Stratfor emails confirm that the US now has an indictment against Julian Assange.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Emails cracked from US intelligence consultants Stratfor by Anonymous and published by WikiLeaks have confirmed what was long suspected: that the US government has a grand jury indictment for Julian Assange ready and waiting.

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18 thoughts on “The filth and the fury (and the catfood): Stratfor talks WikiLeaks

  1. Groucho

    When you were writing this piece Bernard did the irony not strike you?

    Replace Stratfor with the Australian media and the same questionable “sources” and apply it to your other article on the leadership spill.

  2. Peter Ormonde

    Groucho …

    Big difference between leaks – documented and sourced – and secret, unsourced and patently self-serving gossip that some in the Press Gallery have been peddling about as if it was news. Shameful.

  3. Groucho

    The point was the media in Australia are suffering the same delusions that Bernard is ascribing to Stratfor.

    Your right though. Even Stratfor can claim a greater credibility than the current pack of journos in this country.

    Using google is far more indepth research than the regurgitation of PR releases that passes for journalism these days./

  4. Edward James

    Bernard Keane your fellow citizens here in Australia, peoples like me are publishing allegations at our own expense in public forums Peninsula News on the Central Coast in NSW. Edward James 0243419140 http://bit.ly/EJ_PNewsAds which remain publicly unchallenged by our elected representatives as evidence which calls into question the personal values of these very elected representatives at Local, State and Federal level of government. Crikey, Groucho, Peter Ormonde, Suzanne Blake, Marylyn Shepard in fact an long list of un-identifible people with an opinion but nothing much to back it up.

  5. Jones Rob

    I fear for the safety of Assange.
    And from this it appears as if torture is a normal operation conducted in the US military institutions.
    People who still believe we are the good guys are delusional.

  6. Queensberry Rules

    Excellent piece. I remember 10 years ago when Stratforcia were beating their chests about some special intelligence they had uncovered about the Chinese economy, only to realize that I already had it on file for 12 months prior to their release. Assange makes them look like amateurs.

    ((Reva Bhalla, to take “financial, s-xual or psychological control” of a source.))

    I hear she’s “nice” Bernard…and possibly coming your way.

    ((The best local example of this is the Lowy Institute’s chief US apologist Michael Fullilove — allegedly mooted as a replacement for Mark Arbib — who incessantly criticised WikiLeaks’ cable release and continued to insist it was dangerous and irresponsible long after even Obama administration officials had admitted only embarrassment had resulted from the leaks.))

    This is serious.

  7. John Lewis

    Here’s a go, Bernard. You give Stratfor a serve on Crikey! today, but also today, on Business Spectator – where your articles regularly appear and which regularly contributes pieces to Crikey! by Alan Kohler, Karen Maley, Gotty et all – there is an article by … Stratfor, unattributed, and as it happens, a gratuitous what-everybody-already-knows cobbled-together article about Greece – the very sort of tarted up tripe you’re talking about. Que?

  8. shepherdmarilyn

    Yeah, and the moron Gillard and co. lambasted Rudd for daring to defend Assange against this behaviour.

    And Arbib I bet was up to his teeth in it.

  9. Edward James

    Just for fun ….Will many of those with an opinion here and else where on Crikey.com have an identity? Edward James 0243419140 http://bit.ly/EJ_PNewsAds

  10. klewso

    There’s a lot of people making an awful lot of money behind the mystique of this iron-on curtain – if Assange and co take it down, down go their futures?
    That’s his biggest crime – exposing them and their practices?

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