The Blackwater founder previously pushed the Trump administration to privatize the Afghan war.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince on Wednesday faced fresh accusations of being a war profiteer in response to reporting that he’s charging $6,500 per person for a seat on an evacuation flight out of Kabul.
The reporting by the Wall Street Journal comes amid ongoing evacuations from Afghanistan of civilians, including at-risk Afghans, and follows President Joe Biden’s Tuesday statement he still wants an August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The Journal said that “chartered planes are flying out of Kabul with hundreds of empty seats,” further reported that Prince would put an additional charge to get those trapped in their homes to the airport. However, it was unclear he had the capability to execute the flights.
“After making millions of dollars off the Afghanistan war, Erik Prince is back at it, exploiting people’s desperation for cash,” tweeted journalist Maria Abi-Habib. “Prince is charging $6,500 a person to get people out of Afghanistan while planes organized by NGOs leave Kabul empty.”
Prince—the brother of former President Donald Trump’s billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—previously pushed Trump to privatize the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Last year, Trump pardoned four contractors of the now-defunct Blackwater who were convicted of killing over a dozen unarmed citizens in Baghdad’s 2007 Nisour Square massacre. Earlier this year, a United Nations report accused Prince of violating an arms embargo by sending weapons to Libyan warlord and former CIA asset Khalifa Haftar.
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