Spying or oppo research? Blackwater boogeyman Prince accused of helping Project Veritas infiltrate political campaigns & unions
The left is suddenly shocked to find ‘opposition research’ taken to a ‘whole new level’ amid claims that notorious Blackwater founder Erik Prince hired ex-spies to train Project Veritas agents to infiltrate liberal organizations.
Prince, the former head of Blackwater Worldwide and brother to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, recruited both ex-British and American spies to help in undercover operations run by Project Veritas, according to a report from the New York Times. Prince’s activities were discovered through documents from the discovery process in a legal battle between Veritas and the American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teacher’s labor union in the US.Also on rt.com ‘I’ll straight up get armed’: Yet another Bernie staffer caught spouting extremist ideas, is there a problem in the campaign?
The documents show Prince ran a 2017 operation where a former MI6 officer named Richard Seddon made copies of files and secret recordings at a Michigan office for the teacher’s union. Prince also led an operation to infiltrate the 2018 congressional campaign of Democrat Abigail Spanberger. The person planted in the campaign was eventually found out and removed.
The supposed dealings are nothing new to anyone aware of Project Veritas’ history of embarrassing and discrediting Democrats and progressive organizations. The conservative group is famous for undercover videos of mainstream media figures or campaign staffers for left-wing candidates like Bernie Sanders.
Veritas founder James O’Keefe did not address the Prince connection directly, but he did maintain that no one directs what his organization covers, which he describes as a “proud independent news organization.”Also on rt.com ‘We had Clinton, we had everything’: ABC’s ‘Epstein coverup’ exposed by ‘p***ed’ news anchor in Project Veritas leak
While the Times report’s only “shocking” revelation is Veritas’ connection to Prince, the left appears to have found their new boogeyman, or “Bond villain,” as one Daily Beast writer put it.
Erik Prince. Man. He's the closest thing we have to a Bond villain— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 7, 2020
CNN political commentator David Axelrod even made sure to throw in some further Russia fear-mongering when reacting to the Prince report.
“Techniques Putin would applaud,” he tweeted.
Techniques Putin would applaud.https://t.co/dG8My8zVjh— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 7, 2020
Mainstream political and media organizations need to recognize that this organization is comprised of some of the worst people on the planet and stop treating their amateur spy operations seriously. https://t.co/kZyuNeAOwk— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) March 7, 2020
“This whole thing is so goddamned corrupt, I can’t stand it,” Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith tweeted.
Natural that Erik Prince’s squad of former spies would infiltrate not just campaigns, but teachers’ unions. His sister is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education and enemy of public education. This whole thing is so goddamned corrupt, I can’t stand it. https://t.co/SKGJF7PN6o— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 7, 2020
Erik Prince is a real-life Bond villain. https://t.co/yvLnMD5f4l— Greg Olear (@gregolear) March 7, 2020
Former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson called the Times’ report “genuinely disturbing.”
Genuinely disturbing. https://t.co/4AlLjCmrMP— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) March 7, 2020
What makes Prince potentially an even more appealing boogeyman is his connection to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, an investigation that ultimately found nothing substantial enough to confirm the conspiracy theories about Trump working hand-in-hand with Vladimir Putin to steal the election.
Prince was asked during the investigation about a meeting he had in the Seychelles islands shortly before Trump’s inauguration. Like most meetings during the Mueller investigation, nothing criminal was found and Prince says he was never talked to again, though he said last year he’d prefer a “proctology exam” to being interviewed by Mueller’s investigators.
And? How is this different than any other political influencing organization? How is this different than what Soros does?Did Prince use Steele to provide fake dossiers like Hillary and her crime syndicate did against Trump?— artie_rx (@artie_rx) March 7, 2020
Others, however, saw right through the shock so many liberals expressed online, and found too much irony, recalling the ex-British spy and #Resistance hero Christopher Steele, and his notoriously bogus and largely discredited Trump dossier.
I see Erik Prince trending and it's like everyone straight up forgot Christopher Steele existed.— Bill Hartnett (@BillHartnett) March 7, 2020
The same people suddenly upset and gobsmacked by Erik Prince recruiting spies for Project Veritas were kissing Chris Steele’s British spy ass for four years. GFY.— LozerLizyHadATizzy.357 (@ASimplePatriot) March 7, 2020
So is this like the DNC paying for fake oppo research to create a fake Russian collusion narrative? Which led to a fake investigation which put real people in prison. https://t.co/E46at7b3Gt— Rob Dew (@DewsNewz) March 7, 2020
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