Corporate espionage is a new world — to some, even darker than that of the NSA. A world where corporations leverage their vast financial resources to attack social liberty groups aiming to bring them down. What’s perhaps more jarring, however, has been the revelations of the Government’s involvement — and in most cases, assistance — in corporate espionage.
The FBI’s involvement has been shown through leaks of ‘InfraGard’, a secret partnership between private industry, the FBI and Homeland Security. The Partnership includes the participation of nearly 25,000 representatives from the private sector, including most of the fortune 500.
In short, details of the FBI and CIA’s moonlighting policies have hinted that operatives from both agencies have worked in partnership with Corporations to go after civil liberties group with radical intentions. Although evidence is still needed, revelations of these policies may have large consequences in the defense of human rights against increasing instituionalized pressure.