Confessions of a Stratfor subscriber

Yesterday I received an email from Stratfor CEO and founder George Friedman. Deplorable, unfortunate and illegal, he thundered

Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimised twice by submitting to questions about them.

The release of these emails is, however, a direct attack on Stratfor. This is another attempt to silence and intimidate the company, and one we reject. As you can see, emails sent to many people about my resignation were clearly forged.

It’s the most exciting correspondence I’ve ever received from Stratfor.

Unfortunately after all this time as a low-level subscriber, Stratfor has never given me the inside running on a story. Not even once.

Nor, during my years travelling for Foreign Correspondent, have I ever seen evidence that Stratfor’s big corporate clients, who pay many thousands of dollars for their subscriptions, received insights they couldn’t have gleaned if they were avid readers of Britain’s Economist, the august US journal Foreign Affairs, or the excellent Australian foreign policy blog, The Interpreter.

Stratfor’s real talent lies in marketing to corporate America — via

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