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LONDON — WikiLeaks said Monday it was publishing a massive trove of leaked emails from the U.S. intelligence analysis firm Stratfor, shedding light on the inner workings of the Texas-based think tank.

The online anti-secrecy group said it had more than 5 million Stratfor emails and it was putting them out in collaboration with two dozen international media organizations. So far, however, only a small selection of the Stratfor emails appear to have been published to WikiLeaks’ website.

“What we have discovered is a company that is a private intelligence Enron,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told journalists at London’s Frontline Club, a reference to the Texas energy giant whose spectacular bankruptcy turned it into a byword for corporate malfeasance.

Mr. Assange accused Stratfor of running a network of paid informants, monitoring activist groups on behalf of major multinationals and making investments based on its secret intelligence.

Stratfor rejected claims there was anything improper in the way it handled its informants.

“Stratfor has worked to build good sources in many countries around the world, as any publisher of global geopolitical analysis would do,” the company stated. “We have done so in a straightforward manner and we are committed to meeting the highest standards of professional conduct.”

The Stratfor statement suggested the company wouldn’t be commenting on Mr. Assange’s other allegations.

“Having had our property stolen, we will not be victimized twice by submitting to questioning about them,” the statement said.

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BP, plaintiffs focus on Gulf-spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — It was supposed to be the week when BP PLC and other companies went on trial for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.

Instead, oil giant BP is getting another week to try to hash out a settlement with a committee overseeing scores of lawsuits arising from the April 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 workers and led to 206 million gallons of oil spewing from the blown-out well, soiling miles of coastline.

Two people close to the case told the Associated Press the decision to postpone was made Sunday during a conference call involving parties in the case and U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the call.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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