THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS OF THIS ARTICLE WERE IN ERROR.
MONSANTO DID NOT BUY BLACKWATER.
THEY JUST RENTED IT...
Originally, this post was overhasty, underthorough, and in error. a Mr. Jeremy Bloom of the Great American Northwest has described the spread of this error well, in Too Much of a Bad Thing: Monsanto Did NOT Buy Blackwater. THIS IS A PUBLIC EXPLICIT RETRACTION OF ANY STATEMENT THAT IMPLIES THAT "XE" WAS SOLD. A similar retraction has long ago been published at my blog, to which this post is linked, and by means of which, much to my embarrassment, this falsehood was propagated. I thought I would thank Mr. Bloom, again, and spread his post by way of retraction. Thank you, Mr. Bloom. (My apologies, Mr. Scahill).
REPEAT: THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE WAS IN ERROR.
MONSANTO DID NOT WANT TO BUY BLACKWATER.
THEY JUST WANTED TO... USE THEM.... 'FOR A MINUTE OR TWO'****.
A report by Jeremy Scahill*** in The Nation revealed that ...Blackwater (now called Xe Services) was on the payroll of* ...Monsanto.... simultaneously.... the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto... by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,**...
*used to say "sold to".
**which actually isn't that much
***Mr. Scahill said nothing of the sort; the culprit: a bad translation.
****a reference to "West LA Fadeaway."