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Blackwater Founder Met With Putin Confidante, Washington Post Reports

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Erik Prince, Founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide is seen during a tour of Blackwater's campus in Moyock, N.C., Monday, July 21, 2008.

The founder of the private security firm Blackwater was allegedly involved in a secret meeting with a confidante to Russian President Vladimir Putin.According to reports from the Washington Post, the purpose of the meeting was to set up a back channel line of communication between Moscow and then President-elect Donald Trump. The meeting between Erik Prince and the Russian emissary reportedly took place days before President Trump's inauguration.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Jay Price, WUNC military reporter, about Blackwater’s history in North Carolina.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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