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Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has a new project. Credit Adam Ferguson/VII Network
“The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer – with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal – to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering ‘deep state’ enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency”, reports investigative website The Intercept (5 Dec). https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04/trump-white-house-weighing-plans-for-private-spies-to-counter-deep-state-enemies/
The Intercept was set up in 2013 by Glenn Greeenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Greenwald is highly respected and won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports published by The Guardian newspaper detailing the United States and British global surveillance programmes, based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden.
Meanwhile the Washington Post (3 Apri 2017) published an article on Erik Price’s links to Trump, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi (where Prince and Privinvest, the secret debt contractor, are both based), close associates of Valdimir Putin, and the Seychelles. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?utm_term=.259e70580bc3
Blackwater Security founder Erik Prince is going into a joint venture with Ematum, he told a Maputo press conference on 13 December, and said that he may later get involved in protecting Mozambique’s oil and gas assets.
By Joseph Hanlon