CIA hired Blackwater for assassin program: reports

That’s why they’re call “mercenaries.”

From AFP:

WASHINGTON — The CIA hired the Blackwater security firm in 2004 to help find and kill Al Qaeda leaders, US media said Thursday, citing intelligence officials.

The program, on which the Central Intelligence Agency spent several million dollars, was cut before launching any missions and the hiring of an outside company was a major reason that CIA director Leon Panetta moved to cancel it, the New York Times said.

Shortly after learning about the secret program in June, Panetta pulled the plug and briefed lawmakers on details of the program, of which they had not been informed since 2001.

Citing government officials, the Times said the CIA had separate agreements with top Blackwater executives for the outsourcing, as opposed to a formal contract with the whole firm.

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