Wiki-Snooze

Feb 28 2012 @ 11:50am

Dan Drezner thinks Wikileaks' latest docu-dump, of emails from "private intelligence" company Stratfor, suggests an organization rapidly losing its relevance:

This kind of docu-dump says more about Wikileaks and Anonymous than it does about anything else.  Wikileaks thinks it's groundbreaking that Stratfor CEO George Friedman had contact with Bush administration power-broker Karl Rove in the fall of 2011.  I read the e-mail exchange, and if you think that's groundbreaking, you need to read more interesting things on the interwebs

Max Fisher explains why Stratfor is a particularly silly target:

The group's reputation among foreign policy writers, analysts, and practitioners is poor; they are considered a punchline more often than a source of valuable information or insight. As a former recipient of their "INTEL REPORTS" (I assume someone at Stratfor signed me up for a trial subscription, which appeared in my inbox unsolicited), what I found was typically some combination of publicly available information and bland "analysis" that had already appeared in the previous day's New York Times. A friend who works in intelligence once joked that Stratfor is just The Economist a week later and several hundred times more expensive. As of 2001, a Stratfor subscription could cost up to $40,000 per year.