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NYT: Erik Prince Recruited Spies to Infiltrate Democratic Campaign and Teachers’ Union

HeadlineMar 09, 2020

Erik Prince, the founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, helped recruit former spies to infiltrate and gather intelligence about a Democratic congressional campaign and the American Federation of Teachers. That’s according to an explosive new New York Times report that exposes previously unreported details about the ties between Prince and Project Veritas, a right-wing group that often sets up sting operations targeting journalists by recording covert videos. According to the Times, one former spy recruited by Erik Prince helped run a Project Veritas operation to secretly tape leaders in the Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers in 2017. The spy, named Richard Seddon, directed an undercover operative to gather and make public information that could damage the union. In another instance, in 2018, the same undercover operative infiltrated the congressional campaign of former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger, who ran a winning campaign for Congress representing Virginia as a Democrat. The campaign fired her after discovering her identity. We’ll have more on Erik Prince after headlines.

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