Erik Prince: Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy

By Adam Ciralsky

Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month.

Erik Prince, head of US security firm Blackwater, 'was CIA operative'

He was a CIA operative, with his own file as a "vetted asset" at the agency's headquarters, and a mission to build "a unilateral, unattributable capability" to hunt down and kill al-Qaeda militants for the US Government wherever they could be found.

From Information Clearing House


Blackwater chief confirms CIA ties

Washington Post


The founder of Blackwater Worldwide acknowledged in an interview published Wednesday that he had helped the CIA with secret programs targeting top al-Qaida leaders, a role he says was intended to give the agency ‘unattributable capability’ in sensitive missions. Erik Prince, owner of the military contractor now known as Xe Services, told Vanity Fair magazine that his company performed numerous ‘very risky missions’ for the spy agency, some of which were improperly exposed in leaks to the news media. … Among other, previously undisclosed roles, Prince ran intelligence-gathering operations to coordinate the movement of undercover spies in ‘one of the so-called Axis of Evil countries,’ the magazine said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Blackwater Founder Tells of Extensive Government-Contracted Assassinations

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "The head of Blackwater revealed the details Tuesday of his collaboration with the CIA to locate and assassinate top al-Qaeda operatives as part of a covert antiterror operation, and blamed Democrats for the leak that ended the program."


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