Sunday, March 04, 2012

Bank of America should still worry about Wikileaks...

I've been reading more than a few of the Stratfor emails that were published by Wikileaks beginning February 27th, and in going through them I noticed something of minor interest. In fact, it's something everyone expected. One of the earliest batches of the 5 million emails from the private intelligence firm contains a couple of client lists. I was pretty excited--it's not a big deal in itself--and immediately wondered "Is BoA in there somewhere?" and in fact they were, right up at the top of a client list, prioritized.

This isn't news of course--we know about this association between Stratfor and BoA from the December hacks by the Anonymous group and other sources. While the private intelligence firm hasn't confirmed it in the past it seems that BoA did contract Stratfor to investigate and disrupt Wikileaks. Five million emails is a lot of correspondence, so we shall see how deep the association goes, maybe eve evidence of criminal activities.

Assange has said that there are approximately 4,000 internal emails about or related to Wikileaks out of the entire batch.  Karl Domscheit-Berg destroyed the 5GB BoA file on an unknown date (this is assuming he did since his stories vary), but we might learn far more about the biggest American bank just yet. The Stratfor files seem to amount to 65GB, mentioned in an earlier post on here, without a key. This could get interesting.

Postscript: When you look in the internal emails at how Stratfor was also sponging one set of clients for inside information, then selling it to another set of clients ("Robbing Peter to pay Paul"), what you have is an intelligence/information brokering version of a Ponzi scheme. Boy, are they in trouble.


  1. BofA needs another slapback. I'm so glad I moved my money last year. Although I did get my licks in.

    You might like this direct action protest I took on my own against Bank of America. I called the credit card customer service line to do some "negotiating." Having a bit of leverage, I thought it presented a great opportunity to mess with them a little without fear of retribution. I made a video of the call and posted it on my blog along with my comments about what happened and a fuller "director's cut" transcript. Pay attention to his response to the classic line "Why does Bank of America hate Christmas?" Enjoy.

  2. Very good, I like that. Good blog. Thanks for heads up, and sorry for the delay, wrapping a book up.