Ex-Navy commando founded Blackwater
Erik Prince, chairman of the private security firm once known as Blackwater, is writing a memoir that says Democratic officials in two administrations approved of his most sensitive and controversial operations, sources close to the company, now known as Xe Services, said.
To date, the former Navy commando has been solely associated with the George W. Bush administration, during which Blackwater operatives in Iraq and Afghanistan gained notoriety for their swagger and alleged involvement in civilian killings.
But two sources, speaking independently, said that Prince will name Democratic officials in both the Clinton and Obama administrations who allegedly approved of clandestine intelligence operations carried out by Blackwater on behalf of the CIA and other government agencies.
“He’s going to drop the names of people who, before, were saying, ‘Yeah, go kill Osama bin Laden’ and stuff like that, but went sideways on him when the investigations began,” said one of the sources.
Prince, who put Xe on the selling block earlier this year and moved to Abu Dhabi, negotiated a $42 million fine with the State Department last month to settle a number of violations, which included illegal arms exports to Afghanistan, according to news reports.