By John Lee.
US-based Sallyport Global is alleged to have turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking at its site in Iraq.
An Associated Press investigation claims that the company, that was paid $686 million to secure Iraq’s Balad Air Base, also fired the investigators who uncovered the alleged wrongdoing.
In a statement to AP, Chief Operating Officer Matt Stuckart wrote:
“Sallyport has a strong record of providing security and life support services in challenging war zones like Iraq and plays a major but unheralded role in the war against ISIS. The company takes any suggestion of wrongdoing at Balad very seriously.”
As recently as January of this year, Sallyport was awarded a further $200-million contract for work at Balad Air Base.
(Source: Associated Press)