With spying we mean that you want to get information without divulging who you really are, what you will do with that information and who you will share it with and what will be the consequenc if you give them that information.
Analysis is when you go through all the public information and link it to the 'intelligence' and try to make some sense out of it
Stratfor was maybe doing both but they were definitively doing some spying (they call their contacts sources and some were even paid).
THis is an example of how they work
"Stratfor’s Colby Martin posed as fake journalist in Oaxaca, Mexico
According to a recently-released email from The Global Intelligence Files – the more than five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor that have been drip-fed from WikiLeaks since February 27th, 2012 – a former intelligence analyst named Colby Martin posed as a journalist during unrest on Oaxaca, Mexico, in late 2006.
Writing with regard to the security situation in Oaxaca in an email dated October 21, 2011, the former Stratfor employee said that he was “in Oaxaca in November/December 2006 for the riots/protests after an American blogger was shot and killed in October. It was big time crazy, but the military came in and camped out in the center square and squashed it quick.”
He is referencing the death of freelance journalist Brad Will, and clearly had no compunction using journalism as a cover for his own purposes –
“I did have some anti-gringo sentiment during the riots,” writes Martin, “mainly because we were out in front of the entire thing with video cameras and fake press passes and the police didn't like the fact we were there. They reminded us an American had been shot, I reminded him he was on camera.”
It should be noted that in late 2006 Mr. Martin was not an employee of Stratfor – he was instead a Project Manager for American Conservation Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona. It is unknown if Mr. Martin was doing freelance intelligence work in Oaxaca; his email clearly indicates he was with others, and that the journalist ruse was used to good effect to capture video of the protests, but there is no indication as to whom the video was for.
Mr. Martin left Stratfor in August, 2012, and has been self-employed since May, 2011 as a “Business Analyst Consultant – Due Diligence/Competitive Intelligence Research” in China. This apparently involves “due diligence research and analysis for diverse client needs in both domestic and international markets; including investments, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.” He has also worked as an “Intelligence Blogger” at VagabondFM Blog.
To see the original Wikileaks file, released on February 13, 2013, go here:
hundreds of thousands emails are sometimes published in bulk, sometimes it is just a few a day. They seemed also to have taken much interest in the Dexia case although not much has been published since.
you can follow it here
http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php/board,161.0.html for the specific stratfor mails
If some-one from stratfor is asking you questions or inviting you to something or trying to get invited to a conference or trying to 'source' you, don't feel appreciated, be afraid of being used.
If you have something to tell that is important tell it a politician, a journalist or post it in a leak environment but Stratfor won't and can't help you.