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Report: Private Companies Play Major Role in U.S. Spying in Africa

HeadlineJun 15, 2012

The Washington Post has revealed private U.S. contractors have been using spy planes to secretly search for Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony since at least 2009. Hired by the U.S. military, the contractors have flown unmarked spy planes over large swaths of Africa, ostensibly targeting al-Qaeda and other militants. The planes are equipped with high-tech sensors and cameras that can film people from 10 miles away. Kony, who heads the Lord’s Resistance Army, received new attention this year after an online video condemning him went viral.

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