Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (commonly Stratfor) is a private intelligence company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas by George Friedman: founder, chief intelligence officer, and CEO. Fred Burton is Stratfor's Vice President for Counterterrorism and Corporate Security.
Stratfor has published a daily intelligence briefing since its inception in 1996, when its rise to prominence as chronicled by the MSM occurred with the release of its Kosovo Crisis Center during the 1999 NATO airstrikes on Kosovo.
Before the end of 1999, Stratfor had introduced a subscription service through which it offered the majority of its analyses. After September 11, 2001 Stratfor began to make its its "breaking news" paragraphs as well as selected analyses and predictions available freely to the public.
Stratfor has been cited by media such as CNN, Bloomberg, the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times and the BBC as an authority on strategic and tactical intelligence issues. It's title "The Shadow CIA" was used by Barron's in October of 2001, where Jonathan R. Laing posits that the firm "benefits from cyber blowback".
Stratfor breach first revealed via #LulzXmas - 24.12.2011
Stratfor's statement on the breach - 11.1.2012
Stratfor: Inside the World of a Private CIA - 27.2.2012
al-Akhbar details Statfor on WikiLeaks & Assange - 28.2.2012
$700K in fradulent charges after Stratfor attack - 12.3.2012
Inside the Stratfor Attack - 12.3.2012
Sacrificing Stratfor: some speculation on the sup_g/sabu/FBI timeline - 25.3.2012
Revelations From the 2011 Breach
U.S. Sealed Indictment Against Julian Assange
A Secret Indictment Against Julian Assange? - 28.2.2012
Amy Goodman on Assange's Indictment - 1.3.2012
Dow paying for Google searches re: Bhopal
Stratfor was Dow’s Bhopal spy: WikiLeaks - 28.2.2012
Yes Men on Democracy Now re: Dow - 28.2.2012
Stratcap: Partnership with Goldman Sachs to leverage Stratfor "intel" into insider trades. It's unclear how far this idea ever got. emails
Benjamin Netanyahu Was A Stratfor Source - 27.3.2012