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Blackwater Founder Blames "Anti-War Left" For The Convictions Of Guards Who Killed Iraqi Civilians

"In the Vietnam War, the anti-war left went after the troops and this time they went after contractors and Blackwater represented anything they love to hate."

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The founder and former CEO of Blackwater Erick Prince blamed the anti-war left Tuesday for the conviction of four former guards for the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.

"There's a lot of politics that surrounds the event," Prince said on NewsMax TV's Midpoint. "The government spent tens of millions of dollars after this one case and a lot came after that Nisour Square event."

"The bureaucratic attack the company withstand because of this. It's all wrapped into the anger of the Iraq War. In the Vietnam War, the anti-war left went after the troops and this time they went after contractors and Blackwater represented anything they love to hate."

A federal jury last week found one Blackwater guard, Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder.

Three other guards Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were found guilty of multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter and other lesser counts.

The 2007 shootings in Baghdad's Nisour Square left 17 Iraqi civilians dead and strained American-Iraqi relations.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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