The Trump administration is trying to establish an worldwide network of spies to keep tabs on those who are deemed enemies of the administration.
According to news site The Intercept, the new global agency would also report to CIA director - and Trump ally - Mike Pompeo but circumvent his underlings.
Several current and former U.S. intelligence officials have told The Intercept that the Trump administration is considering the creation of a private global spy network working independently of traditional USA intelligence agencies such as the CIA to circumvent its "deep state" adversaries. But a current US intelligence official appeared to contradict that assertion, stating that the various proposals were first pitched at the White House before being delivered to the CIA.
Prince was also questioned by House lawmakers last month over reports that he met the head of a Russian investment fund in an apparent effort to set up a backchannel for Russian communication with the Trump administration, and that senior Trump officials had authorized the meeting. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books". "The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly".
Prince informed the House Intelligence Committee during private testimony that he met in the Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev, who is the chief executive of the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund, at the request of the United Arab Emirates to discuss business opportunities.
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Prince's involvement may represent problems for the proposal given both his past and links to the Trump-Russia scandal.
The proposals would utilize an army of spies with no official cover in several countries deemed "denied areas" for current American intelligence personnel, including North Korea and Iran.
National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton told CNN there is no evidence that this was proposal was ever made to his agency or the White House. Other extreme measures, like a global rendition program and a propaganda effort in the Middle East, are also reportedly under consideration. "The White House does not and would not support such a proposal".
According to two former senior intelligence officials, Pompeo has embraced the plan and has lobbied the White House to approve the contract. A Central Intelligence Agency spokesperson told The Intercept, "You have been provided wildly inaccurate information by people peddling an agenda". "These guys said they were protecting the president".