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BHOPAL: spied on by STRATFOR

wikileaks info haul reveals corporate spy ring

Wikileaks have done it again. Together with Anonymous hackers, they've revealed the inner workings of STRATFOR – the corporate intelligence agency that hire out their services to the likes of Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Dow Chemical, to name but a few. Over 5 million emails have been released – including highly sensitive documents that reveal the company's international (and completely unaccountable) network of informants and spies.

Dow Chemical are one of their larger clients. US based Dow, for those who don't already know, have had something of an image problem ever since they bought out Union Carbide- the US company responsible for the largest industrial accident ever, in Bhopal, India. The scale of the Bhopal disaster is almost unimaginable. It has been described as the Indian Chenobyl, but in reality Bhopal was much, much worse. Three thousand people were killed shortly after deadly toxic chemicals leaked from the plant on December 2nd, 1984. Thousands more died over the following weeks. The total death toll is estimated at around 25,000, with more than 500,000 injured or disabled.

Dow Chemical, just like Union Carbide before them, have refused to take responsibility for the disaster, and the global campaign for justice for the victims of Bhopal is still active and vibrant, with several successes under its belt. Dow is afraid of the Bhopal campaigners, and, as revealed in Wikileaks' information haul, used (and almost definitely continues to use) STRATFOR to spy on Bhopal activists and sabotage their campaign. Under the heading 'Dow Confidential: Bhopal Monitoring Report', STRATFOR have gathered highly detailed information on the Bhopal campaigns and campaigners.

SchNEWS caught up with Brighton based and Bhopal born activist Farah Edwards. She and her husband Tim have been active in the Bhopal campaign for more than ten years. They are directly named in the Wikileaks documents – STRATFOR has been spying on them for years.

Tell us about Bhopal activism in light of the revelations that Stratfor was spying on you

I was born in Bhopal and I was there when the accident happened in 1984. Me and my husband have been campaigning for more than 10 years. He cycled to India from Britain to raise awareness of Bhopal.

Dow says it has nothing to to with Bhopal but if that is the case then why is it doing surveillance on us. We are just raising awareness on the whole issue that surrounds Bhopal, and I'm just surprised that we were being monitored. The 5 million emails were hacked by Anonymous from Stratfor- a private intelligence agency. They monitored everything about us- including Facebook comments.

They are monitoring every little thing. I've made to promote the change.org” petition so people would sign it, I sent it to a lot of people- that's how in your own little way you you promote your campaign. They had the names of everybody I sent it to.

Do you believe that Dow Chemical used Stratfor's organisation to sabotage your campaign?

Several things happened. One time we had this water, water from Bhopal, in glass bottles. We decided to take it to Dow's CEOs, but when we got there they were shut down [for the day]. They had been warned. They are petrified of us.

What are the latest developments in the Bhopal campaign?

We found out that the 2012 Olympics had a wrap [a plastic cover for the entire stadium]. It is sponsored sponsored by Dow Chemical. There is a website called “Athletes Against Dow” with 126 athletes. Meredith Alexander (Commissioner for Sustainable London) resigned on Newsnight because she wasn’t happy with the way things have gone. The Indians [Olympic team] have done a partial boycott of the Olympics. They are boycotting the opening and closing ceremonies. It's small but it shows they are making some effort. This is because of the Bhopal campaign.

There are 2 comments on this story...
Added By: fuck dow - 2nd March 2012 @ 1:30 PM
An absolute disgrace. The CEO's of Dow Chemical should be forced to drink the poisoned water from Bhopal.

Props to Wikileaks for exposing yet more corruption from the criminal US intelligence and their private minions. Looking forward to more dirt on these bastards
Added By: Christopher - 18th March 2012 @ 12:04 AM
I got on Stratfor's mailing list a while back, I think it was to read one of their reaiclts. Today they sent out the message copied below. I find it especially humorous that anyone would think email messages are private property that could be stolen . If you wouldn't want your mother to read it aloud on tv, don't put it on the internet in any form. I learned that long ago. I'm George Friedman, founder and CEO of Stratfor.As most of you know, in December thieves hacked into Stratfor data systems and stole a large number of company emails, as well as private information of Stratfor subscribers and friends. Today Wikileaks is publishing the emails that were stolen in December. This is a deplorable, unfortunate and illegal breach of privacy.Some of the emails may be forged or altered to include inaccuracies. Some may be authentic. We will not validate either, nor will we explain the thinking that went into them. Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice by submitting to questions about them.The disclosure of these emails does not mean that there has been another hack of Stratfor's computer and data systems. Those systems, which we have rebuilt with enhanced security measures, remain secure and protected.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.We do not know what else has been manufactured. Stratfor will not be silenced, and we will continue to publish the geopolitical analysis our friends and subscribers have come to rely on.As we have said before, Stratfor has worked to build good sources in many countries around the world, as any publisher of geopolitical analysis would do.We are proud of the relationships we have built, which help our analysts better understand the issues in many of these countries through the eyes of people who live there.We have developed these relationships with individuals and partnerships with local media in a straightforward manner, and we are committed to meeting the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.Stratfor is not a government organization, not is it affiliated with any government. The emails are private property. Like all private emails, they were written casually, with no expectation that anyone other than the sender and recipient would ever see them. And clearly, as with my supposed resignation letter, some of the emails may be fabricated or altered.Stratfor understands that this hack and the fallout from it have created serious difficulties for our subscribers, friends and employees. We again apologize for this incident, and we deeply appreciate the loyalty that has been shown to Stratfor since last year's hack.We want to assure everyone that Stratfor is recovering from the hack. We will continue to do what we do best: produce and publish independent analysis of international affairs. And we will be back in full operation in the coming weeks. We look forward to continuing to serve you.
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