Their missions are aligned in many ways, but WikiLeaks and the group of international cyberpunks known collectively as Anonymous made it official in a joint effort, posted by WikiLeaks late on Sunday, consisting of quite a few internal emails from an intelligence company Anonymous targeted over the holidays last year.
Last night, Wikileaks began publishing a cache of 5.5 million emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor, handed over to it by Anonymous members who stole them last Christmas Eve. The contents are only important if you have some perverse fascination with snooping on other peoples’ boring intra-office emails. Stratfor sells itself as having access to super-secret sources and material, but the majority of its work comprises publishing newsletters and reports about world events that are a little more informative than a Wikipedia article and about as well-written.
Accordingly, these emails so far contain such bombshells as a Stratfor analyst asking for “all the information our talented interns can dig up” on PETA, and some bizarre paranoid ramblings about how “black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes” during the 2008 election. The best document so far is this entertaining glossary of terminology Stratfor employees use to make them feel like they’re doing actual spy work.