Leaked emails shine rare light on Stratfor

SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Coca-Cola and Dow Chemical are among the once-secret clients of the private intelligence firm Stratfor that have now been revealed by WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange says his anti-secrecy group has more than 5 million Stratfor emails that will be released in the coming weeks. The first batch published Monday reveals Stratfor clients ranging from local universities to global megacorporations.

None of what WikiLeaks has released so far is particularly scintillating. The emails do, however, reveal clients that the Austin, Texas-based company has long safeguarded and refused to disclose.

Founded in 1996, Stratfor claims in one document released by WikiLeaks to have 292,000 subscribers who pay for its geopolitical analyses.

Stratfor CEO George Friedman condemned the publication of the emails and speculated that some could have been altered or forged.