CIA thick in intrigues!
On Thursday, the New York Times published a report on their website alleging that Blackwater security guards were actively involved in clandestine CIA raids in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A representative at the company - now professionally known in industry circles as Xe Services - stated for the record that Blackwater was never under contracct with the CIA or Special Forces in those worn-torn countries.
"Any allegation to the contrary would be false," Mark Corallo asserted in no uncertain terms on behalf of Xe Services.
The key words are "under contract".
It is quite possible that Blackwater security guards were enlisted on the sly on a crisis-by-crisis basis.
In fact, one news organization was quick to point out that the roles and responsibilities of security officers and special forces often became blurred (or shifted into higher gear) in the battlefield setting at a moment's notice out of necessity.
It is alleged that Blackwater security officers were drawn in by the powers-that-be to take advantage of their high-level skills and their familiarity with the "territory".
The CIA has remained mum to date on the issue.
Over the past year or so - I reported on a couple of Blackwater incidents (currently under investigation) - which resulted in the deaths of innocent citizens in the streets of Iraq.
In view of the foregoing, it's obvious why Blackwater owners changed their company name to Xe Services.
To distance themselves from their prior image - as cold-blooded mercenaries - of course!