The United States is funding specially vetted shadow police units all over the world, it has been claimed.
- Agreements have been signed between the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security and at least a dozen developing countries including Peru and the Philippines, the Wall Street Journal reported.
- There are also funding agreements between the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and police forces in Uganda and Nigeria.
- In Kenya, there are units funded by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FWS, according to the newspaper.
It was not possible to assess how many US-backed police units there are, or how many foreign officers have been vetted, because the process is conducted by numerous different US government departments.
- The total level of spending was not known.