Where did he say it? The insinuation is here but it is in Russian: kommersant.ru/doc/2636177
The head of Stratfor, also known as “The Shadow CIA,” insisted that Russia’s involvement in Syria was not the only reason for the Ukrainian crisis. However, many in Washington started to perceive Russia as a problem, the expert told the newspaper, adding that at that time the US decided to divert Russia’s attention away from the Middle East.
Atlantic did this article on Stratfor:
Stratfor Is a Joke and So Is Wikileaks for Taking It Seriously
The corporate research firm has branded itself as a CIA-like “global intelligence” firm, but only Julian Assange and some over-paying clients are fooled.
[quote]“Stratfor is just The Economist a week later and several hundred times more expensive.”
It’s true that Stratfor employs on-the-ground researchers. They are not spies. On today’s Wikileaks release, one Middle East-based NGO worker noted on Twitter that when she met Stratfor’s man in Cairo, he spoke no Arabic, had never been to Egypt before, and had to ask her for directions to Tahrir Square.
Assad elected legitimately with 88% in a wartime vote?? I guess so. Russia said it!