Author Archive: Marina Daras

Stratfor: Algerian Secret Services’ grip on power

Demonstrations in Algiers and Oran as protesters call for government to resign. source: Al Jazeera

On 27 February 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing 5 million emails – called the Global Intelligence Files – from the American global intelligence company Stratfor, which has been providing intelligence to private companies as well as the US government. Many of the emails discuss a figure seldom talked about in the media, General Mohammed Mediene – also known as Toufik – who is nonetheless a key actor in Algerian politics. The head of the powerful Algerian secret services, Mediene is one of the most secretive public figures in Algeria: there are only two official photos …