Skip to comments.Sons of Blackwater Open Corporate-Spying Shop
Posted on 05/12/2011 4:48:12 PM PDT by bananaman22
From the team that brought you Blackwater and the pre-9/11 counterterrorism program Able Danger comes Jellyfish Intelligence.
Thats the name a group of former US intelligence officials and executives from the controversial security firm have chosen for a new private outfit that offers predictive intelligence for Fortune 500 corporations and senior-level executives and that aims to protect human lives and their business interests throughout the world.
The company blends traditional models of a strategic consulting firm with what it claims is an extensive network of human sourcespeople who, in an official context, would be called spies. Jellyfish employs a network of over 200 intelligence assets on the ground in global hot spots, according to a marketing document, including countries undergoing political upheaval in the Middle East. The company wont disclose its sources identities, but the document calls them figures inside key circles . . . including within the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, clerical circles in Iran, and tribal leaderships on the Pakistani side of the [Afghanistan-Pakistan] border region.
If trueand none of the claims could be independently verifiedthat would make Jellyfish a private rival to the CIA. The company also says its assets are well-connected among key opposition groups throughout the Middle East, a claim, one company official boldly asserts, that the US spy agencies couldnt make, as evidenced by its failure to predict political and civic uprisings in Egypt and other countries in the region.
Jellyfishs network includes people in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. At least one asset is in Tehran, the company says, in a country where US corporations and citizens are officially banned from doing business. An exectuive says that because Jellyfish was employing foreign nationals, it didnt run afoul of the sanctions regime.
The market for high-level, customized intelligence about global political risk isnt a new one.
Full article at: Blackwater and Corporate Spies
Bump for later read....
Never heard of them.
Thanks for the ping, Squantos.
Bidness Intel is big big bidness....thats the facts.
Swordfish just had too much of a Travolta stigma to it?
Jellyfish intelligence? Jellyfish don’t have brains!
It’s a logic next step. Once critical mass of data gathering is happening they might as well turn it into a formal business process. I helped EDS do the same.
BTW, my nickname is ‘Spineless Jellyfish’, but that refers to birt bike racing and smack talking. :)
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