Wikileaks Global Intelligence Files: Israel Day 2, Haaretz Journalist Yossi Melman is Stratfor Informant
by Lakkana Nanayakkara
The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has continued to release for a second day what it says will eventually be 5 million e-mails sent between July 2004 and late December 2011 by the private intelligence company Stratfor.
According to an email dated May 14, 2011, up to 12 mid-ranking Pakistani military officials may have known about Osama Bin Laden’s safe house.
A Stratfor staff member, Fred Burton, wrote “Mid to senior level ISI and Pak Mil with one retired Pak Mil General that had knowledge of the OBL arrangements and safe house.”
Burton mentions that the names and ranks of the military officials are unknown. He further states: “But, I get a very clear sense we (US intel) know names and ranks. I also do not know if we have passed this info to the GOP [Government of Pakistan]. If I was in command, I would not pass the info to the GOP, because we can’t trust them.”
A different email dated December 17, 2011, refers to a source described as a major in IDF intelligence.
The following statement was included in the email: “Opsec at IDI (Israel Defense Intelligence) seems pretty extreme. If you try to email this person, you don’t hear back for a month, minimum – usually even longer. Reason is because no websites that have passwords are allowed at work. Emails for internal comms only. Source is in D.C. frequently for meetings with DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency].”
When questioned if the IDI “are often trained by the Americans” the source replied “We like to think we don’t need the Americans to train us” and that the IDI was “more creative” than their American counterparts.
The email mentions that the way the IDI “work sounded similar in philosophy to STRATFOR …”
The author of this email made the following conclusions based on a conversation with the source: “the Israelis seem extremely unnerved about the future of the region, with the primary focus being on the Iranian threat” and “Israelis are not a fan of Barack [President Barack Obama]”.
The source had criticized Obama for abandoning Mubarak and “loves Bush’s policies and hates Obama’s.” The email also mentioned that “The IDI is very much focused on the Shiite crest ranging from Iran to Lebanon. Iran is the primary threat in the world today.”
Wikileaks also claims that Haaretz journalist Yossi Melman is a Stratfor Informant, referring to another email dated June 14, 2010. The email refers to the January 2010 assassination of a senior Hamas official by alleged Mossad agents in Dubai and includes the following statement: “I have VERY good information this was a contract job. The mission was contracted by the MOSSAD. In essence, subbed out under contract. The last few hits have been subbed out. I also have VERY good information that the Iranian physicist hit was also a subbed out job. More in person at the T meeting Tuesday, can’t put anything in writing.”
Some observations and internal instructions relating to Israel are contained in the document “20531_mesa.doc” which was attached to an email dated July 17, 2009. The file states, “Israel has a unique relationship with Russia – Israel knows Russia can mess with it through defense deals to Syria and Iran, while Russia knows Israel can mess with it through defense deals to countries like Georgia.” It also makes the following observation: “Israel wants to keep the two divided, and usually does so by providing more econ and security concessions to West Bank”. The author of this document also requests that possible strains in the US-Israel and Israel-Turkey relationships be observed.