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22 Nov 2013

Spencer Ackerman, Guardian (UK)

Blackwater founder: my company could have prevented Benghazi deaths (Libya)

The founder of the world’s most infamous private security company believes the National Security Agency is overstepping its authorities and that he could have prevented the death of a US ambassador last year in Benghazi...Prince said the company, which used to protect US diplomats in warzones, could have made a difference in last year's attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. "I'm confident if we had been on the job in Benghazi, Ambassador Stevens would still be alive," Prince said. No US diplomats, Prince pointed out, died under Blackwater's protection. "They depended on basically a local militia, a company that hired local Libyans – unvetted, untrained – and even ill-equipped," Prince said.