“Blackwater is a CIA cutout that got so big that it just happened to become a household name.”
I’ve asserted (for years) that Blackwater was a CIA contractor. Now that Blackwater’s involvement with CIA covert assassination programs has been admitted, my guess is that it’s only a matter of time before my speculation about Blackwater’s involvement in narcotics trafficking will be confirmed as well.
With regard to how cutouts operate, note the following paragraph from theNew York Times piece below:
Officials said the C.I.A. did not have a formal contract with Blackwater for this program but instead had individual agreements with top company officials, including the founder, Erik D. Prince, a politically connected former member of the Navy Seals and the heir to a family fortune.
This has been standard operating procedure for CIA since the early years of its existence. Additionally, while the article gives the impression that elements inside CIA are questioning the use of Blackwater in assassination programs, I want to highlight nine words that we should keep in mind: “The company maintains other classified contracts with the CIA.”