Leaked WikiLeaks emails, focusing on how a U.S. intelligence agency works, reveals a cable that Israel destroyed Iranian’s nuclear infrastructure. However, other leaked cables indicated contradictory and sometimes wrong information.
The latest exposed documents focus on the U.S. intelligence company Stratfor and contain information that allegedly incriminates it for murky if not illegal operations.
One email dated November 7, 2011 states that Strafor thought that reports of Israel’s preparing to strike Iran were a diversion tactic and that “the Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago."
The supposed preparations to attack Iran allegedly were staged for European Union leaders trying to divert attention from the EU's economic problems.
Other leaked documents show wrong estimates, perhaps stated on purpose, concerning Iran’s nuclear ability, according to the Washington Post’s Greg Miller.
He wrote that a leaked cable by an American diplomat, dated in the year 2005, stated that Israeli officials thought Iran’s attempt to enrich uranium were near the “point of no return". “The cable notes that Israeli ‘assessments from 1993 predicted that Iran would possess an atomic bomb by 1998 at the latest,’” Miller reported.
The importance of WikiLeaks has been pooh-poohed by the Atlantic's international editor Max Fisher, who tweeted, "STRATFOR is a joke and so is WikiLeaks."
Stratfor gathers intelligence for some of America’s largest companies. The firm refused to comment on the WikiLeaks documents, saying they were stolen and that it would not be intimidated. Stratfor allegedly paid government and diplomatic sources around the world for information, using an international network of agents, including journalists.
WikiLeaks said it has more than five million emails from Stratfor, based in Texas, dating from 2004 to 2011. “The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods,” WikiLeaks stated.
Some of the documents expose alleged U.S. government and Stratfor’s attempts to attack and subvert WikiLeaks and its director Julian Assange.