Eeben Barlow

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Eeben Barlow is the founder of controversial mercenary firm Executive Outcomes, and more recently another firm called Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection which in 2015 was recruited to assist the Nigerian military in its campaign against Islamist force Boko Haram. [1]

Civil Cooperation Bureau

While in the CCB, Barlow, who is recognisable by his one green and one blue eye, was assigned to Western Europe. There he was in charge of spreading disinformation against Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC), for example, releasing propaganda in England that the ANC was working with IRA terrorists. He was also responsible for setting up front corporations to evade sanctions and sell South African weapons abroad. During this time, Barlow is suspected to have made many of his corporate world contacts that would later prove useful for EO.[2]



External resources


  1. Colin Freeman, South African mercenaries' secret war on Boko Haram, The Telegraph, 10 May 2015, accessed same day
  2. Corporate Warriors:The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, by P.W. Singer, Cornell University Press, 2003, p102.