Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Evan Liberty, right, arriving at federal court in Washington to stand trial for the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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The top manager in Iraq of the notorious private security firm Blackwater threatened to kill a U.S. State Department investigator for probing the company's performance, the New York Times reported Monday.The Times, citing an internal State Department memorandum, said the threat came just weeks before Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 civilians on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad's Nisour Square. However U.S. embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater and the State Department investigators were ordered to leave, The Times said. Four former Blackwater employees are currently on trial in a U.S. court for the Nisour Square deaths.
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