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Tue Apr 4, 2017, 06:20 PM

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?tid=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.8054989ae698
By Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff and Karen DeYoung

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The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi≠mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 ó nine days before Trumpís inauguration ó in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trumpís campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trumpís circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the presidentís chief strategist and senior counselor. Princeís sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.
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Tue Apr 4, 2017, 06:28 PM

1. Treason

The same Russia that hacked our elections?

The same Russia that is helping the Taliban in Afghanistan?

The same Russia that shot down a commercial plane as part of their
war in the Ukraine?

The same Russia that is helping Assad kill his own people in Syria?

The same Russia and Russian mobsters who own Trump?

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Tue Apr 4, 2017, 06:29 PM

2. The corruption of drumpfanov's administration runs deeper everyday.

The wealthiest of all families' affairs. Wealth breeds absolute corruption.

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