Ive been covering Erik Prince for years. He doesnt seem to like that very much.

This is the third time that Prince has alleged defamation over the same story. His last two attempts have already been thrown out of court — but not before we racked up over $200,000 in legal bills.




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Erik Prince, the billionaire mercenary who founded the private security firm Blackwater, continues to hound The Intercept through his frivolous lawsuits.

This is the third time that Prince has alleged defamation over the same story. His last two attempts have already been thrown out of court — but not before we racked up over $200,000 in legal bills.

Prince is clearly upset by how Intercept journalists like Jeremy Scahill have scrutinized his long career, tracing... his activities from the days of Blackwater’s deadly operations in Iraq to his more recent turn as a Trump apparatchik.

We stand by our reporting, but the sad reality is that Prince has deep-enough pockets to keep dragging us back into court. And unfortunately, so far we’re still $250,000 away from our year-end fundraising goal.

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When journalists start digging into stories that powerful people, corporations, and government officials don’t want you to know, there’s often a backlash.

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Hard-hitting journalism scares powerful interests, and sometimes they try to hit back. It’s critical that we have a well-resourced legal team able to defend our journalists and insist on our rights.

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