Blackwater Founder Claims Extortion Blocking $2M Book Deal

Law360, New York (July 18, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT) -- Blackwater founder Erik Prince sued former associate Robert Pelton in Virginia federal court Wednesday, alleging that Pelton has deceitfully obtained an unpublished copy of Prince's autobiography and is threatening to post it online, devaluing a potential $2 million publishing deal.

Prince's autobiography is still undergoing vetting by the Central Intelligence Agency to redact certain information, but his suit claims that Pelton intends to publish the unredacted version, which contains classified national security information, unless he is compensated. 

Prince is finalizing a $2 million agreement with Portfolio Penguin to release the book in November, according to the suit, which claims that if...

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