Sunday, December 15, 2019

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Held Secret Talks With Venezuela's Vice-President

Erik Prince arrives for the New York Young Republican Club Gala at the Yale Club of New York City in Manhattan on 7 November 2019. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Reuters

The Guardian: Blackwater founder Erik Prince secretly met Venezuela vice-president

* Prince had plotted using mercenary army to overthrow Maduro
* Speculation that Prince could be back channel for White House

Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and prominent supporter of Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez – one of Nicolás Maduro’s closest allies.

The visit, described by one source as “outreach” to Maduro’s government, came just eight months after Prince floated a plan to deploy a private army to help topple the Venezuelan leader.

It was unclear what Prince, the brother of Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, discussed with Rodríguez. The meeting was first reported by Bloomberg.

A meeting with Rodríguez, who is under US sanctions, could raise questions about whether Prince might have run afoul of US law, which prohibits Americans from virtually any business dealings with sanctioned individuals and specifically with the Venezuelan government. The Venezuelan vice-president’s office also oversees the country’s national intelligence service.

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Update: Blackwater founder Erik Prince held secret talks with top Venezuelan official -sources (Reuters).

WNU Editor: I always believed that Erik Prince is someone that the White House's uses as a back-channel to foreign governments that have differences with the U.S.. This meeting confirms it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Erik Prince likes to inject himself into all kinds of wars at all kinds of cost to the tax payer, with all kinds of cuts going to the corrupt politicians who give him the contract, to go kill for blood money

Mercenaries are not the same as soldiers. Remember that