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04 Gary Webb and the CIA

Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism.1

… a new motion picture is set to the story of Gary Webb, who ran afoul of the CIA with an expose on the connection between drugs in African American communities and the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, supported by the American Government as opposition to the Sandinista government in the 1980’s