Stratfor Global Intelligence on Assange Sexual Assault Charges

I posted this on Wednesday: Wikileaks: Stratfor on Motives for Julian Assange’s Arrest It had sparse traffic until the last 24 hours when it’s gone viral. Well nearly 1000 hits is viral for my little blog.

From Wikileaks’ Stratfor Global Intelligence Files:

Charges of sexual assault rarely are passed through Interpol red notices, like this case, so this is no doubt about trying to disrupt WikiLeaks release of government documents. While it’s possible that Assange’s arrest could disrupt the long-term viability of WikiLeaks, it will not stop the release of cables in the short-term and governments will now be concerned about what the organization may release in revenge.
RE: USE ME Re: Discussion- Assange Arrested


I’m surprised that this gem has not surfaced in the mainstream media as it took only minutes to find on the Wikileaks website. Anyway, at least some netizens have stumbled across it.

25 comments on “Stratfor Global Intelligence on Assange Sexual Assault Charges

  1. Greens call for details on secret Assange charges
    Updated February 29, 2012

    The Greens have called on the Federal Government to reveal whether it knew about secret United States charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

    An email from staff at private US intelligence agency Stratfor, released by WikiLeaks, refers to an indictment on Assange.

    “We have a sealed indictment on Assange,” said the short email from Stratfor’s vice-president of intelligence Fred Burton to analysts at the security firm.

    The information comes with the request to protect the information and not to publish.

    Greens Senator Scott Ludlam wants Prime Minister Julia Gillard to say whether the Government will defend the 40-year old Australian against possible extradition to the US.


    But the Federal Government says it is not aware of any US charges against the WikiLeaks founder.

    The Leader of the Government in the Senate Chris Evans says Mr Assange’s case is being closely monitored and the claims come as a surprise to him.

    “All of that is news to me this morning as well, but I can tell you that the Australian government is not aware of any charges by the US government against Mr Assange,” he said.

    “Our embassy in Washington continues to closely monitor developments.”

  2. Charges against Assange drawn up in US, says email Philip Dorling
    February 29, 2012.

    UNITED States prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a confidential internal email obtained from a private US intelligence company, Stratfor.

    In the email, sent to Stratfor intelligence analysts on January 26 last year, the company’s vice-president for intelligence, Fred Burton, responded to a media report concerning US investigations targeting WikiLeaks. He wrote: “We have a sealed indictment on Assange.”

    Underlining the sensitivity of the information – apparently obtained from a US government source – he wrote “Pls protect” and “Not for Pub[lication]”.

    Mr Burton is a well-known expert on security and counter-terrorism with close ties to US intelligence and law enforcement agencies. He is a former chief of counterterrorism in the US State Department diplomatic security service.

    Stratfor, which is based in Austin, Texas, provides intelligence and analysis to corporate and government subscribers.

    Leaked Stratfor emails can be found

  3. Sorry, Kevin, whatever I read about Julian Assange, his sexual peccadilloes aside, does not reassure me he is the great champion of freedom of information he claims to be. His use of the files he has stolen through wikileaks and is retaining as personal protection against his indictment in the US, or even as potential revenge, doesn’t suggest he is a man of altruism or integrity.

  4. Miglo, at least the US government, for all its failings, is elected and representative of its people, and ultimately its administration is answerable to the law of that land.. As is the Australian government and its public service.. Who or what does Julian Assange represent? He hasn’t explained himself to me or asked for my approval of what he does.

  5. Miglo, just a by the by, the US reminds me of the Roman empire….very large, and maybe not well managed at all times.

    Bradley Manning, now imprisoned at Quantico for his part in the leaking of files to Wikileaks, was known to be ‘fragile’ so why on earth was he able to access government files ?

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  7. Assange has threatened to have top secret information on UFOs released if he is harmed in any way. He has some governments over the barrel.

  8. Patricia

    I’m steering clear of the ethics, and personal motivations of Wikileaks. The murky world of govt and corporate secrets and secret operations is a different matter. It isn’t just a case of spy v spy. Who needs another Iraq? If Iran becomes a violent conflict, we will have been fed the usual bull without proper and informed public debate. Our U.S. overlords hold us in contempt most of the time.

    PS I wonder who watches our little blog? A least we aren’t as soporific as Stratfor emails.

  9. Sorry, Miglo, not snarky with you but with Assange! The colossal ego of the man! My personal well being must be guaranteed or I bust the security of millions of people. with information I’ve stolen from their government’s records!

  10. Much as I want to agree with you, Kevin, I have to place my trust somewhere. I am more inclined to place that trust in my own democratically elected government, for all its flaws, than one individual who has taken it on himself, to think for me. We’ve just avoided having a PM who thinks he can ‘save’ Australia for us. How can we trust a man who is using his ill-gotten information not to save the world, but to save himself from the inconvenience of a public trial.

    And no I don’t want another war like Iraq. I demonstrated against it and I voted out the government which started it. A slower process than hacking into government computers, maybe, but ego-centric anarchists like Assange are a poor bet for promoting world peace.

  11. Never been an Assange fan. The abstract notion of Wikileaks originally impressed me but the fella himself seems like the original loose cannon, simply a troublemaker making only the sort of trouble that suits him, not overly concerned by who gets hurt (except for himself & possibly his) & quite desirous of protecting his own privacy. Plus, as I bang on about, the dissemination of all this stuff is dependent on what he’s given & appears to be highly selective.
    Manning perhaps, & people like him, but not Assange.

  12. I wonder though how reliable are today’s media. Can we trust them to accurately report on corrupt practices, for example those of media and other corporate magnates. Would today’s journalists even be permitted to investigate, much less publish.

    The Walkley Awards are the Australian equivalent of the Pulitzers: that nation’s most prestigious award for excellence in journalism. Last night, the Walkley Foundation awarded its highest distinction — for “Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism” — to WikiLeaks, whose leader, Julian Assange, is an Australian citizen. The panel cited the group’s “courageous and controversial commitment to the finest traditions of journalism: justice through transparency,” and hailed it for having “applied new technology to penetrate the inner workings of government to reveal an avalanche of inconvenient truths in a global publishing coup.” As I’ve noted before, WikiLeaks easily produced more newsworthy scoops over the last year than every other media outlet combined, and the Foundation observed: “so many eagerly took advantage of the secret cables to create more scoops in a year than most journalists could imagine in a lifetime.” In sum: “by designing and constructing a means to encourage whistleblowers, WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange took a brave, determined and independent stand for freedom of speech and transparency that has empowered people all over the world.”

  13. patricia and Bob, I’m with you. I think this has just been an exercise in self aggrandisment for Assange. There’s just something about the fellow that leaves me cold and unconvinced. And it appears that he’s more than ready to shit on fellow workers from a great height.

    Far from taking a brave, determined and independent stand for freedom of speech and transparency, he let others run the risks and took the glory. I strongly disagree that he has empowered people all over the world.

  14. Jane, et al..I’m with in that Assange gives me cold shivers, there is something cold and calculating about him. However, I can’t agree that we can rely on governments to be honest and when they’re not we just vote them out. This is especially true when the vast majority of people gain their opinions from the MSM. While we can guarantee that the media in this country will publish every wrong-doing, perceived and imagined that a Labor government might be involved in, I very much doubt that they will maintain this standard of scrutiny once the Liberals are elected.

  15. I strongly disagree that he has empowered people all over the world.

    Too tru jane. At most, from where I sit, all he has done is further fostered the vouyeristic nature of the human condition, while risking sensitive diplomatic arrangements in the progress.

    A quick watch of old episodes of Big Brother quickly expose the fallacy that brutal honesty is not always the best method of getting along. It has some, often quite nasty, unforseen repercussions. Which I’m not sure Assange would hang around for.

    It was the reason we first had diplomatic departments to begin with.

  16. Min, “cold shivers” is an accurate way to describe people’s reactions to Assange.
    However, your next comment about the MSM is what Assange is on about.

    While we can guarantee that the media in this country will publish every wrong-doing, perceived and imagined that a Labor government might be involved in, I very much doubt that they will maintain this standard of scrutiny once the Liberals are elected.

    That is a problem not just in Australia but in many other countries as well, where the public are treated to a constant diet of “crap” by a corrupt news media.

    The media players are part of the coalition of propaganda and deceit.

    Assange was hell-bent on exposing the manipulators and is now discovering that they’re an unbeatable hydra with the ability to construct any law they like to put him away.

    His problem is that he appears to have an unrealistic opinion of his own importance.

  17. I very much doubt that they will maintain this standard of scrutiny once the Liberals are elected.

    They didn’t with the previous mob. Always assumed they were right, often even when proved the opposite.

    As they still do. A concise exploration of their ‘policies’ (which have been ripped to shreds in specific media’s associated with those areas) are largely left alone in the major media outlets. Simply regurgitating their talking points.

    The recent (kinda) comparison on Crikey between the reporting (??) between the implementation of the GST and the ‘Carbon Tax’ (Price) was the most glaring example.

  18. Pip, I’m still waiting for wikileaks to publish the crooked deals and devious goings on of the Howard era. There must be plenty of ammunition, but wikileaks is strangely silent on that score.

    Methinks they’re very selective with their alleged “whistle blowing”.

  19. It’s not so much as being a fan of Assange, I actually know or care little of the bloke. But i do hate the idea of governments taking us to war on a lie.

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