The Trump administration is considering launching a global and private network of "off the books" spies to combat "deep state" enemies working to undermine President Donald Trump's presidency, according to a new report.
The proposal for the network was believed to have been developed by Erik Prince, brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, retired Central Intelligence Agency officer John Maguire, and Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Unconfirmed reports that the Trump administration is mulling the creation of a privately-run global spy network to counter the president's "deep state" adversaries within the USA intelligence community has set the internet ablaze with discussion over the move's implications for America's future.
The alleged proposal would create a spy network in countries deemed "denied areas" for current American intelligence personnel, including North Korea and Iran.
President Trump is considering creating a private network of spies that would be controlled directly by him and his Central Intelligence Agency chief, according to a report. He was the "ideological leader" brought in to lend credibility, said the former senior intelligence official.
"I can find no evidence that this ever came to the attention of anyone at the NSC or [White House] at all", Michael N. Anton, a National Security Council spokesman, said in an email. Other extreme measures, like a global rendition program and a propaganda effort in the Middle East, are also reportedly under consideration.
While The Intercept reports that senior Trump officials, including Vice President Pence, have been briefed on the proposals, the National Security Council said in a statement that 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.
Maguire, a former CIA case officer and intelligence contractor for the Amyntor Group, reportedly led a US effort to provoke Saddam Hussein into war before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and he worked alongside the late Iran-Contra figure Duane "Dewey" Clarridge.
The Washington Post reported earlier this year that Prince had traveled to an Indian Ocean getaway in the Seychelles to meet with Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammad bin Zayed and an associate of Vladimir Putin as an unofficial representative of the Trump transition. However, the Central Intelligence Agency said The Intercept had been fed "inaccurate information by people peddling an agenda".