precursor, Pagan International, built the corporate public relations playbook
still utilized by the firm today.
goal of a corporate PR plan “must be to separate the fanatic activist leaders …
from the overwhelming majority of their followers: decent, concerned people who
are willing to judge us on the basis of our openness and usefulness,” Pagan stated in 1982, fully understanding that the
public should never know this was the game plan.
— perhaps without knowing every detail of the history of the playbook itself —
essentially cited it as the rationale behind his Stratfor hack and leak to
believe in the power of the truth. In keeping with that, I do not want to hide
what I did or to shy away from my actions,” he stated in a press release announcing the plea deal. “I
believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing
behind closed doors.”
this investigation, Mint Press examines Stratfor’s rise to power and its use of
the “divide and conquer” philosophy to take on some of the largest boycott
movements against multinational corporations.