The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by
Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from
Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director
Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would
circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current
and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals.
The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of
countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to
undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.