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Stratfor “Source” James Casey Leaves FBI

One of the “sources” that Stratfor chief Fred Burton probed for information about what was happening with Wikileaks was “a senior FBI Hqs agent and former DSS agent” with the email

They were evidently quite close.  In October of 2007 Burton sent along Stratfor’s Terrorism Intelligence Report for review by, and this was the reply forwarded to other Stratfor employees:

From: []
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: Terrorism Intelligence Report – Security Contractors in Iraq:
Tactical — and Practical — Considerations
Good Stuff Fred! I can just picture you and I strapping on a big ‘ol one
and leading a Blackwater team into a dangerous motorcade! OK, so maybe
the most dangerous thing we do is cut in line at Starbucks. We’re
too old (and smart) for this other shit. Jim

In 2010, sent an email to Burton on the announcement that the Pentagon was anticipating a “massive Iraq war leak”:

From: James Casey
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:39:34 -0400
Subject: Re: WikiLeaks plans ‘major’ announcement within hours as Pentagon
braces for massive Iraq war leak
This is why………..even though the FBI is always the first to be
criticized for not playing nice-nice in the sandbox………….the
concept of “widely sharing of information” is not always a great idea.
For a number of years I have used the very example of “a slick sleeved
private, siting in a tent in Baghdad, looking at thousands of classified
reports on SIPRNET”, as a bad way to business. Even I didn’t think that
was going to be the exact scenario that has played out with this WikiLeaks
fiasco. Maybe everybody at the DNI and DHS who have been pimping the
“share by rule, withhold by exception,” concept for the last nine years
will change their tune a little, and acknowledge that “need to know” is
still a valuable idea.

Sounds exactly like the defense being pursued by Bradley Manning’s attorneys at the moment.

Burton clearly considered a source, and probed him for inside information.   On 11-27-2010, Burton sent an email with the subject line “Wikileaks”:  [cont’d.]

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