Blackwater Founder Held Secret Seychelles Meeting to Establish Trump-Putin Back Channel

Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, and Karen DeYoung – The Washington Post:

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

This article is a who’s who of holy shit. Erik Prince, founder and owner of Blackwater, whose sister is the controversial secretary of education, brokered a meeting to establish foreign policy ties between the not-yet-president and Vlad Putin.

This is going to make one hell of a non-fiction read when the book comes out.

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