At least 13 Canadian government agencies have had subscriptions with U.S. private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc. or Stratfor, newly released WikiLeaks emails indicate.
Stratfor has been dubbed the “shadow CIA” after spying on several protest movement including Occupy Wall Street.
According to the Wikileaks release of emails, the Canadian Forces College in Toronto had a deal worth $240,600 over three years, National Defence paid Stratfor $78,225 in 2011, $80,175 in 2012 and $82,200 for this year, and Industry Canada, the Public Safety Department, and CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), Transport Canada, Export Development Canada, Citizenship and Immigration, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Treasury Board, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, and the RCMP all have had deals with Strafor. But dollar amounts and further information is not provided in the release.
The Foreign Affairs and International Trade deals broke Canadian disclosure policy. That states: Canadian government contracts worth more than $10,000 must be posted on the web. But their Stratfor deals where not publicly posted.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jean-Bruno Villeneuve has responded to this fact by saying there was a clerical error in reporting the deals. Also that the deal with Stratfor was “used widely within the department to help inform policy development and analysis.”
Stratfor officials has refused to comment on the release.
To read the email release from Wikileaks please visit: US Intelligence Firm Stratfor Eyes Canada