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8 Jan, 2010 19:13

Blackwater ‘grey mailing’ saves it from justice?

Blackwater company’s cooperation with CIA makes it virtually immune to justice, said investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

“What we are seeing from [company founder] Erik Prince, with his series of interviews with Vanity Fair – where we are hearing about assassination squads trying to get a German-Syrian citizen in Hamburg, possibly trying to assassinate a Pakistani nuclear scientist in Pakistan – is what is known as ‘grey mailing,’” he said.

“Prince is basically saying, ‘I know a lot more, and if you keep up with the indictments against my company and my individuals, I am prepared to release much more damaging information to the media,’” Madsen added.

In a recent development, two former Blackwater security guards, Justin Cannon, 27, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, have been charged with the murder of two people after a traffic accident in Kabul last May. Both contractors claim they were justified in opening fire after a car that caused an accident in front of their vehicle turned and sped toward them after they got out to help.

“I feel comfortable firing my weapon anytime I feel my life is in danger,” Drotleff was quoted by AP as saying. “That night, my life was 100 percent in danger.”

If found guilty, the men could face the death penalty.