Fred Burton: Mossad Stealing Companies’ Secrets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) embraces former director of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on 2 January 2011. (Photo: AFP - Ronen Zvulun)

By: Yazan al-Saadi

Published Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stratfor emails which are part of the Global Intelligence Files release by WikiLeaks imply that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has infiltrated a global non-profit organization.

An email exchange, dated 25-26 March 2010, began with Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice-president of counter-terrorism, sharing a link to The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professional (SCIP)’s webpage with a secure email list. In his email Burton said, “According to the FBI (not for attribution) the MOSSAD has infiltrated this organization.” (doc-id 382150)

SCIP, founded in 1986, is located in Washington, DC. According to its own website, SCIP aims to be “the global organization of choice for professionals engaged in competitive intelligence and related disciplines.”

SCIP defines competitive intelligence as “the legal and ethical collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors.”

Burton, in a later email within the same exchange, delves into what he sees as the reason behind this Mossad operation: “Business intelligence. There is a MOSSAD operative under business cover stealing other companies’ secrets from this group.”

When asked by a senior analyst whether Chinese and American intelligence agencies were doing so as well, Burton replied, “Chinese are a given, the Americans are way too concerned about getting caught. The CIA can only infiltrate an American company with witting knowledge of the American company. Usually the CEO and Corporate Legal counsel are the only ones who know. For the most part, the CIA gets the bums rush when they ask Fortune 50’s. Times are different in America. We are no longer a patriotic nation. Shareholders rule. SEC rules.” (doc-id 98966)

Burton lamented what he saw as the better days of American intelligence agencies. He claimed, “Back in the day, the Agency were in just about every major MNC (Multinational corporations) with international operations. Today, I know one. How many Chinese or Israeli companies have plants? Oh about 90 percent.”

George Friedman closed the discussion with his own insight on the matter. He wrote, “Nocs [Non-cover operatives] who are simply given a business cover are easy to spot...Having someone become an executive of a foreign company and be a foreign national is what is essential. This requires the use of first generation immigrants as the Chinese do and as the United States does intermittently. The problem is that the security people set standards that people can’t possibly meet. Some DCI [Director of Central Intelligence] waive the standards and some tighten them.”

To this problem, Friedman suggested a long term solution to “employ first or second generation Chinese at an early early age, craft the needed cover meticulously, and have them live in China, speaking native Chinese, marrying Chinese spouses, and growing that way. It requires the FBI to hire hundreds of first generation Chinese to meet and double Chinese operatives.”

Friedman then stressed that “the same applies to all nationalities” and that the “greatest advantage” for American intelligence agencies is its “immigrant population.”

“Slipping a NOC into a foreign country is hard. You start with a native and then work like crazy. Everything else is pseudo intelligence,” he concluded.

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