Defense Secretary Robert Gates Confirms Blackwater in Pakistan
Rebel Reports By Jeremy Scahill
In an interview with the Pakistani TV station Express TV, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that the private security firms Blackwater and DynCorp are operating inside Pakistan. “They’re operating as individual companies here in Pakistan,” Gates said, according to a DoD transcript of the interview. “There are rules concerning the contracting companies. If they’re contracting with us or with the State Department here in Pakistan, then there are very clear rules set forth by the State Department and by ourselves.”
This appears to be a contradiction of previous statements made by the Defense Department, by Blackwater, by the Pakistani government and by the US embassy in Islamabad, all of whom claimed Blackwater was not in the country. In September, the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, denied Blackwater’s presence in the country, stating bluntly, “Blackwater is not operating in Pakistan.”
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Posted on 2010/01/25, in From The Editors, The World Today and tagged Blackwater, Defense Secr Robert Gates, DynCorp, Jeremy Scahill, mercenaries, military contractors, Pakistan, private security firms, Rebel Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.