Erik Prince, the Bond villain and former Navy SEAL who used daddy’s money to found the shady security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, “has made it clear that he considers China a priority,” according to Alexandra Stevenson and Chris Buckley of the New York Times (porous paywall). However:
Mr. Prince scrambled on Friday to distance himself from the latest announcement: that his company, Frontier Services Group, had struck a deal to build a training camp in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been detained in indoctrination camps that have drawn condemnation in Washington and abroad.
- Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s new company is building training center in Xinjiang / Washington Post
- Erik Prince had ‘no knowledge’ of training agreement in China’s Xinjiang: spokesman / Reuters
- This tweet from Xinjiang scholar James Millward on some of the discrepancies and other details in the reports.