Blackwater founder Erik Prince and retired Central Intelligence Agency officer John Maguire developed the plan, which was pitched to the administration by Iran-Contra figure Oliver North, reported The Intercept.
President Donald Trump and his Central Intelligence Agency director are mulling a pitch to create a private global spy network, accountable only to them, in order to counter the activities of "Deep State" enemies, The Intercept reported.
The three envisioned an intelligence apparatus created to reinforce the Trump administration's political agenda, which would be free to circumvent the existing USA intelligence bureaucracy. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books", this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. As a result, the deep state bureaucrats have undermined his presidency at every turn, and Trump is now supposedly considering turning to outside support.
The new proposed intelligence wing, which has reportedly been soliciting Trump donors for financing, would also include spies in areas such as North Korea and Iran.
The proposal includes the idea of hiring private spies to work in traditional no-go areas for U.S. intelligence personnel, such as Iran and North Korea. He was brought in to lend credibility to the proposal.
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"I can find no evidence that this ever came to the attention of anyone at the NSC or [White House] at all", Michael N. Anton, a National Security Council spokesman, said in an email. Also on the cars is a propaganda campaign in the Middle East and Europe to combat Islamic extremism and Iran. The Intercept reached out to several senior officials that sources said had been briefed on the plans by Prince, including vice president Mike Pence.
Oliver North has been reportedly deemed the "ideological leader" of the initiative.
It is believed that Pompeo has embraced the plan and is trying to pressure the White House to adopt it.
Jeremy Scahill and Matthew Cole have an explosive report at The Intercept about the Trump administration considering a plan, created by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, to build a private intelligence agency that would operate outside the bounds of the government agencies that already exist.
He testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee about his January trip to the Seychelles to meet with Mohammad bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and a Russian fund manager close to Vladimir Putin, while serving as an unofficial envoy to the Trump transition team.