Investigations

Bribery at Blackwater?

More shadiness at Blackwater, the private security contractor: The Justice Department is investigating whether officials at Blackwater tried to bribe Iraqi government officials after the firm’s agents killed 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The investigation was opened after The New York Times reported in November that Blackwater executives had authorized payment of $1 million to Iraq officials to buy their support for retaining Blackwater contracts, though it’s unclear if that money ever actually changed hands.