Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion

Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion

Gary Webb

Major movie in accordance with Dark Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be published in Fall 2014

In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb surprised the area with a chain of articles within the San Jose Mercury News reporting the result of his year-long research into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in the United States, in particular in l. a.. The sequence, titled “Dark Alliance,” published that for the higher a part of a decade, a Bay quarter drug ring bought hundreds cocaine to la highway gangs and funneled hundreds of thousands in drug earnings to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras. 

Gary Webb driven his research even additional in his book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified records, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had by no means been publicly published, federal court docket testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our govt knowingly allowed colossal quantities of gear and cash to alter palms on the rate of our communities. 

Webb’s personal stranger-than-fiction adventure can also be woven into the e-book. His excoriation by means of the media—not due to any wrongdoing on his half, yet by way of an insidious technique of innuendo and recommendation that during influence blamed Webb for the consequences of the story—had been all yet expected. Webb used to be warned off doing a CIA reveal via a former linked Press journalist who misplaced his activity while, years ahead of, he had stumbled onto the germ of the “Dark Alliance” tale. And although inner investigations by means of either the CIA and the Justice division ultimately vindicated Webb, he had through then been driven out of the Mercury News and long past to paintings for the California nation Legislature job strength on executive Oversight. He died in 2004.

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