Paladin is only one of the companies brought in at huge expense to run crucial services for vulnerable people on Manus and Nauru

Benham Satah knows Manus better than most. A Kurdish refugee, Satah has been there six years, stuck on an island prison despite having committed no crime.

He was there when Paladin, a little-known security outfit, took over a $423m deal to provide services to asylum seekers. Satah has met with Paladin’s leaders and heard the promises they made. From the outset, the arrangement seemed strange.

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