The Global Intelligence Files
On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.
Bhopal update – 06/01/11
Email-ID 394197 Date 2011-06-01 19:43:06 From firstname.lastname@example.org To email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, CMKnochel@dow.comScot, Tomm,
The BMA website has been updated with the three most recent Dow-related
– The Express Buzz commentary from 5/30 on the Anderson extradition
– The PTI article reporting on the CIC’s recommendation the Ministry
of External Affairs release RTI-requested documents about Anderson
– The Economic Times article reporting the Ag Ministry sent notices
to DAS India asking why it should not delist DAS product registrations.
Colin Toogood posted on Twitter and Facebook links to the Express Buzz
commentary with the note “A tale of two legal battles.”
Print media today Asian Age, Indian Express (New Delhi editions) and Daily
News & Analysis (Mumbai edition) included reports on the CIC
recommendation to release the GoI communications regarding Anderson. All
were below the fold on interior pages.
TwoCircles.net published an enhanced version of the CIC story, saying the
recommendation was to “make public all letters that [the MEA] has issued
or received concerning Bhopal gas leak of December 1984.”
This story reported the RTI application by Afroz Alam “Sahil” “includes
all correspondence between the ministry and Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) from April 1984 to July 1995; photocopies of all
letters written by the ministry to any department; letters received by the
ministry from the Central Government and the Madhya Pradesh Government
concerning Bhopal gas leak; and details of all expenditure incurred by the
The CI Commissioner cited the documents should be released as they are “of
significance to the general public, especially the families of the victims
who have been awaiting justice since over last two decades.”
Economic Times published an error-riddled report that “a special court”
for India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) “framed” charges against
two government officials who allegedly received payments to register
pesticide products for De-Nocil. This article by Rajender Nagaroki said
the payments were made by DAS India Ltd. Mumbai, “a subsidiary of Dow
Chemicals,” rather than by DE-Nocil.
It also refered to “the Dow scam” as being “unearthed by the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission” in 2007, which “fined Dow Chemicals
$325,000 for bribing the officials in India.”
The piece ended with a reference to Dow’s 2001 merger with UCC, “which was
lying closed after the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.”
Indian media reported the Delhi Police removed a ban it had imposed on
protests at “key” areas in the city such as Jantar Mantar and India Gate.
The action was the result of a lawsuit filed by Bhopal gas victim Bano Bi
from the 2010 ICJB protest at Jantar Mantar when the activists were not
allowed to camp at the protest site, but had to repair to another location
each evening. Future applications for protest permits to use the sites
will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The Hindu, Hindustan Times and Indian Express each published in-house
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The Global Intelligence Files – Bhopal update – 06/01/11