Founder of Blackwater security co. writing memoir

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    NEW YORK (AP) – The founder of the private security firm Blackwater Inc. is writing a memoir.

    Erik Prince has a deal with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The publisher announced Monday that the book, currently untitled, is scheduled for November.

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    Prince, a former Navy SEAL who has rarely spoken to the media, said in a statement released by Portfolio that he was anxious to counter Blackwater’s image as “jackbooted thugs.”

    Blackwater was founded in North Carolina in 1997 by Prince and awarded massive no-bid security contracts from the U.S. government at the beginning of the Iraq War. Blackwater became the focus of international scrutiny and ongoing legal action when guards were involved in a series of high-profile shootings.

    A group of investors bought Blackwater from Prince in 2010 and renamed it.

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