Erik Prince

Defense and Intelligence Advisor

  • September 2007 Blackwater operatives gun down 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. Four employees are found guilty of murder, manslaughter and weapons charges in Oct 2014. (source)
  • 2014 Attempts to build an airforce for hire using connections with Russian weapons suppliers and shell companies, through the use of weaponized crop duster planes. (source)(aircraft blueprint)
  • 2014 Offers paramilitary services to Nigeria in a $1.5 billion deal. The plan was appropriated by South African special forces mercenary Eeben Barlow. (source)(Part of the proposal)
  • May 2015 Approaches Libyan government with offer of extensive armed mercenary services. (Prince’s proposal (Pt.1)(Pt.2)) Attempts and fails to get support from Italian and German governments. (source)
  • March 2016 Under investigation by U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to illegally broker military services with foreign governments, money laundering, and weapons deals in Africa. (source)
  • 7/27/16 Tells Steve Bannon that the U.S. should restart the Phoenix Program, a capture-or-assassinate campaign, in order to combat ISIS. (source)
  • 9/8/17 On Brietbart’s radio show, affirms the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is secretly a Muslim Brotherhood spy. (source)
  • 9/21/17 Donates $100,000 to Donald Trump’s campaign. (source)
  • 1/11/17 The United Arab Emirates hold a secret meeting in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean between Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump. (WaPo)
  • 7/8/17 Requests a meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to hear out a plan developed with fellow war profiteer Stephen Feinberg on how the Pentagon should be using private contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan. This plan was developed at the behest of Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. Most of the proposed mercenary soldiers are not American. (NYT)
  • 8/4/17 A U.S. Appeals court throws out a first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security guard sentenced to life in prision in the killings of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. (WaPo)
  • 12/4/17 Is reported that Prince lobbied his contacts inside the Trump administration to have the CIA hire a private network of intelligence contractors. (TheIntercept)
  • 3/7/18 Is reported that Special Counsel Mueller is investigating a 2017 meeting in Seychelles just before inauguration that one witness says was an attempt by the Kremlin to establish a back channel to Trump himself. Prince represented Trump at the meeting. (WaPo)
  • 2/9/19 Loses corporate control of his Hong Kong-based company Frontier Services Group to CITIC, a Beijing-controlled firm. FSG then signals plans to build mercenary training centers in Western China where as many as a million Uighur Muslims have been detained by the Chinese government for allegedly subversive activities. (Bloomberg)