SEATTLE—A Dupont woman is grieving the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan.
MindyLou Paresi told The News Tribune that her husband, Dane Clark Paresi, was among the dead at a CIA bombing last week. Paresi worked as a private contractor with the security company formerly known as Blackwater. The 46 year old worked for the company, Xe.
Paresi is one of eight killed at a CIA base in Afghanistan. Their bodies were flown to Dover Air Base Monday.
His wife told The News Tribune, "All of the agents are national heroes because they were there to do a job, a very large job," she said. "What it was I do not know exactly, but they were heroes fighting the war against terror."
Xe spokesman Mark Corallo declined to confirm whether the men worked for the North Carolina-based company, simply saying "our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen." The CIA is not releasing information about the victims, citing the sensitivity of their mission and other ongoing operations.
A former U.S. intelligence official has said a suicide bomber killed eight people inside a CIA base in Afghanistan, including four CIA officers, three security guards and a Jordanian intelligence officer. Officials have identified the bomber as 36-year-old doctor Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, of Zarqa, Jordan. Officials said he had been recruited by Jordanian intelligence.
The bodies of seven CIA workers arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base in a small private ceremony attended by CIA Director Leon Panetta, other agency and national security officials, and friends and family.
Blackwater has for years had a tight relationship with the CIA. Along with base security, the company has previously been involved in loading missiles on Predator drones and a secret assassination program. The company has also hired a number of former CIA officials.