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In November, The Intercept ran a story examining efforts to sell military services to a sanctioned Russian entity.

A few weeks later, mercenary billionaire Erik Prince sued The Intercept for defamation.

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Yet this lawsuit has cost us more than $200,000 and counting — at a time when the number of sustaining monthly donors to The Intercept has declined by nearly 20 percent.

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