According to a new report, President Donald Trump is weighing a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) that would involve the use of a “global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies.”
The Intercept is reporting the proposal has already made its way to the president’s desk, citing sources it says are well versed in its contents. The report says the plan was pitched as a way to counter “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Trump’s presidency.
The report quotes a “former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals,” who said:
“[CIA Director Mike] Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him. It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books. The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”
The proposal would mean these “private spies” would not share their intelligence with the rest of the intelligence community, but rather with only the president and Pompeo. The director is said to be fully supportive of the proposal.
Full article: Private Spies: White House Considering Contractors (TruNews)