The proposal for the network was believed to have been developed by Erik Prince, brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, retired Central Intelligence Agency officer John Maguire, and Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal. Trump has repeatedly claimed, with no evidence, that such an underground group exists and has worked against him since he took office earlier this year. But a current US intelligence official appeared to contradict that assertion, stating that the various proposals were first pitched at the White House before being delivered to the CIA.
President Donald Trump and his Central Intelligence Agency director are mulling a pitch to create a private global spy network, accountable only to them, in order to counter the activities of "Deep State" enemies, The Intercept reported. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books".
Some of the individuals involved with the proposals secretly met with major Trump donors asking them to help finance operations before any official contracts were signed.
News website The Intercept was first to report the proposal.
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Prince informed the House Intelligence Committee during private testimony that he met in the Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev, who is the chief executive of the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund, at the request of the United Arab Emirates to discuss business opportunities. As a result, the deep state bureaucrats have undermined his presidency at every turn, and Trump is now supposedly considering turning to outside support. Guards with his old private security firm, Blackwater, were accused and later convicted of killing civilians in Iraq. The fact that his sister is Betsy DeVos, Trump's Secretary of Education, gives him access to Trump to pitch this idea.
The White House and National Security Council denied any such proposal had taken place and slammed the very notion of a private network. The alleged proposal would create a spy network in countries deemed "denied areas" for current American intelligence personnel, including North Korea and Iran. The White House has also considered creating a new global rendition unit meant to capture terrorist suspects around the world, as well as a propaganda campaign in the Middle East and Europe to combat Islamic extremism and Iran.
It is believed that Pompeo has embraced the plan and is trying to pressure the White House to adopt it. However, the Central Intelligence Agency said The Intercept had been fed "inaccurate information by people peddling an agenda".