Mar 8, 2012

Federal Bureau of Facilitation — what was the FBI doing with Stratfor and WikiLeaks?

Revelations about the role of an FBI informer raise further questions about the FBI's facilitation of crime.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

“Mr Ferdaus is said to have told an informant: ‘Allah has given us the privilege … He punishes them by our hand. We’re the ones.’ Posing as accomplices, the undercover agents then supplied him with grenades, six machine guns and C-4 explosives.” — BBC, 29 September 2011

“According to the FBI, they arrested Mohamud after he dialed a cellphone that he thought would detonate a huge bomb — six 55-gallon drums, diesel fuel and a large box of screws — in a large white van parked near the tree lighting. But the bomb was a fake built by the FBI …” — LA Times, 28 November 2010

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6 thoughts on “Federal Bureau of Facilitation — what was the FBI doing with Stratfor and WikiLeaks?

  1. Bohemian

    There was a time when what the FBI was doing was called entrapment. It is like putting a gun in the hand of a football supporter after his team had just lost controversially and then pointing out where the umpire was likely to be in ten minutes.

    I am just not quite sure who are the criminals here? As for the threats to the Anonymous hacker’s family…as the US and its various police societies move closer to the old soviet model, nothing surprises me any more. In a police state, the police make it up as they go along.

    It better not happen here!

  2. Warren Joffe

    Here’s a job for the well-connected in Crikey, like BK; or for a diligent legal researcher: what is the danger to an Australian of being extradited for something he is alleged to have done or actually did in Australia?

    Was it not once the rule that one could not be extradited for anything which was not a crime in Australia and if it was not for a crime committed personally in the country seeking extradition?

    Has this been changed by that misbegotten Fair Trade Agreement with the US which gave away what the US wanted on intellectual property (presumably because no one in the Howard ministry knew anything about it and Mark Vaile was only thinking of cattle) , or some other treaty changes?

    It seems clear enough that no Australian government has succumbed like the awful Tony Blair to US demands on extradition (which the US has failed to reciprocate, and anyway should never have been agree to) and the European Arrest Warrant which threatens Julian Assange with a brand of “justice” fortunately not known in Australia, but the principle should surely be that an Australian should be tried in Australia wherever possible. (Better that a US prosecutor come over to assist and stay in the Hilton than a young Australian hacker or small businessman trading with Iran should be locked up in the US without support of family and friends and god-knows-what access to decent legal services).

  3. AR

    Joffe – you mean like the Oz electronics parts wholesaler who is now the subject of a sealed indictment in amerika for allegedly breaking the embargo on supplying strategic materials to iran?

  4. Warren Joffe


    Yes. One David Levick I think. One thing our hopeless media doesn’t tell us is what his personal experience of the US might be. One would have thought that even a journo whose path into journalism has been via a journalism degree might have asked him whether he had ever been to the US, when, and whether he had done any business there. The last question mightn’t have got a truthful answer but it would have shown some appreciation that there was an issue for us in indulging the US’s extraordinary extra-territoriality.

  5. Bohemian

    Contrary to what the controlled media are saying, the US is taking over the world and we are going willingly. The ME will be shut down once the Brotherhood has been installed everywhere in the ME including Saudi and the price of oil will go to $200/bbl whereupon the new US fields will be opened or re-opened. Just like diamonds there is no scarecity of oil but there is no money to be made out of abundance.

  6. filopastry

    Presumably Wikileaks obtained the Stratfor Material from public sources around December. I know for sure the personal client information was available then (including the much publicised Turnbull info). Pretty sure they wouldn’t have needed the FBI for that.
    As for the Stratfor glossary of terms, which highlights the orgs general dislike for any Government body other than the CIA, I am personally not sure when that first became publicly available.

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