The whistle blowing website, WikiLeaks, published a series of emails from the Austin-based geopolitical firm known as Statfor, which was hacked back in Dec. 2011. The organization under the leadership of Julian Assange did not disclose how it recovered the information-other than a group of hackers known as Anonymous took credit for sabotaging the data servers.
The information spans over a seven year period and has five million pieces of correspondence. In these emails include detailed information on the state of health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez complications to treat cancer.
According to the WikiLeaks blog, in their claims about the nature of the information gathered “They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Government agencies.”
The blog happens to mention an email that was exchanged between CEO and Founder George Friedman of Stratfor to Analyst Reva Bhalla dated Dec. 6, 2011 that illustrates interest on the medical condition of the South American leader.
“You have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual, or psychological control…this is intended to start our conversation on your next phase,” said WikiLeaks.
The South American Daily EL Universal sheds light about the health complications and possible insights about the operations that went unsuccessful. According to the findings “Russian and Cuban doctors who saw the Venezuelan leader last June gave him from less than one year to two years to live,” Spanish Daily El País reported beforehand and El Universal.
What is covered in great detail in the report is this group of Russian doctors operated on Chávez and had to correct mistakes made during the first of the subsequent surgeries previously performed by Cuban doctors. Moreover, Russian surgeons criticize the lack of “appropriate equipment in Cuba to treat Chávez and Blamed Cuban doctors for botching the first surgery.”
Most of these reports leaked have not been confirmed by the Venezuelan government or its president. With the elections seven months away, the challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski may bank on the opportunity to be elected given clouded future of the Bolivarian Revolution.
After the announcement of these emails Monday, Stratfor’s CEO Friedman commented on these recent turn of events and explaining what content was compromised.
“As most of you know, thieves hacked into Stratfor data systems last December and stole company emails last year.” He goes on to describe the decision of WikiLeaks to publish these emails is “a deplorable, unfortunate — and illegal — breach of privacy.”
Another daily newspaper El Comercio based in Quito (article only available in Spanish), Ecuador goes on to affirm that the possible unconfirmed successor to Chavez would be Nicola Maduro-Foreign Minister.
The political, social, economic and historical future may have taken a turn for the worse- not to mention the outcome is anybody’s guess. Chavez’s transformational government brought about social changes to end the disparity of wealth that has plagued this nation for decades. Now, the exit strategy is always a delicate subject given the polarization of the country.
A civil war that may unleash bloodshed should not be excluded given the rampant rise in crime since being in office.