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U.S. e-mails on Israel/Iran plans leaked

Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:28 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- WikiLeaks says it will publish internal e-mails detailing U.S. intelligence analysis of a purported Israeli plan to attack Iran some agents call a "diversion."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he intends to release more than 5 million e-mails obtained by the hackers group Anonymous from within the U.S. intelligence company Stratfor, based in Texas.

Stratfor's clients include Raytheon, the Marine Corps, Lockheed Martin, the Department of Homeland Security, Northrop Grumman, the Defense Intelligence Agency and Dow Chemical for whom Stratfor is purportedly to have kept tabs on activists fighting the company for compensation over the Indian Bhopal chemical plant disaster in 1984, Haaretz reported Monday.

The e-mails allege several individuals on the Stratfor payroll are former U.S. government employees who customarily exchange cash for information.

A November e-mail precipitated a discussion among analysts questioning whether Israel was preparing an offensive against Iran.

"I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago," an analyst said.

Response: "How and when did the Israelis destroy the infra on the ground? Would anyone actually accept that this could let the Europeans forget about the Euro crisis, something they have been experiencing every day for over a year?!" the other analyst added, "Do we attribute any credibility to this item at all? I don't even see what possible disinfo purposes this could serve."

In a previous instance of a mass documents leak to WikiLeaks, U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning stands charged with the capital offense of passing classified data to the enemy.

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