Ex-Blackwater ‘no sh*t’ mercenary Erik Prince feels wrath of US Justice Dept, reports The Intercept
Erik Prince, the notorious former chief of the mercenary company Blackwater, is facing possible charges in the US for selling military services to Libya and money laundering, according to an exclusive story in The Intercept.
Prince, who sold off his Blackwater operation in 2010 after years of controversy, set up the Frontier Services Group in 2014 with the help of major Chinese investment firm Citic Group.
Everyone I knew working for Blackwater in Iraq was a shady POS, or had to quit bec the rest of them were shady POSs. https://t.co/PEr2SX9mIX— International Woman (@IntlWOM) March 24, 2016
Defrauding the government is only wrong if you're poor (see billions of dollars lost in Iraq/Blackwater)— Mike Cantone (@mikecantone) September 18, 2009
The ex-Navy Seal is alleged to have sought and received help from Chinese intelligence to create a Bank of China account for his Libya activities.
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He was apparently looking into possible military contracts in the north African country as far back as 2013.
#Isis#Blackwater He bribes politicians.Does he pay to spread hate on the net? Erik Prince views his company's role as fighting a #Christian— YouDontKnowHillary (@HRCisaPathLiar) March 24, 2016
Officially FSG does not offer military services, concentrating instead on “aviation and logistics” with short-notice evacuation of people from conflict zones supposedly one of its specialties.
According to The Intercept, who interviewed many of Prince’s current and former associates, the Department of Justice probe centers on proposals, apparently written by him and others in FSG, which offer fighting services to foreign governments.
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He is believed to have traveled to at least six countries since 2014 in the hope of expanding his mercenary empire.
Some working closely with Prince claim he is working far beyond his brief.
This is Blackwater founder and international supervillain Erik Prince, not @prince, which would be a better story. https://t.co/4ce9dsZlCF— John Perich eagerly (@perich) March 24, 2016
“He’s a rogue chairman,” one associate told The Intercept. “Erik wants to be a real, no-shit mercenary. He’s off the rails, exposing many US citizens to criminal liabilities. Erik hides in the shadows … and uses [FSG] for legitimacy.”
FSG boasts a number of former US military and intelligence operatives on its payroll while Prince himself is said to work closely with a former South African commando and a lawyer with dual US-Israeli citizenship.
FSG CEO Gregg Smith, a former US Marine, has tried to distance his company from any illegal solicitation in which Prince may have been involved, even going as far as to strip Prince of many of his powers as chairman when news of the year-old federal investigation came to their attention.
“FSG has no involvement whatsoever with the provision of — or even offering to provide — defense services in Libya,” he said.
Erik Prince is a greater villain than anything Hollywood can imagine. He shames the movie creators, reveals their poverty of imagination.— Brandon David Wilson (@Geniusbastard) May 14, 2015