Remembering “DARK ALLIANCE” : Gary Webb (August 31, 1955 – December 10, 2004) [2018]

“Authentic journalism is telling people something that the government doesn’t want them to know.”

Gary Webb (August 31, 1955 – December 10, 2004)

“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.”

The Intercept

“I was you once. Gary, I started down this road. Though nowhere near as far as you are. When they saw I wasn’t gonna stop, they ‘controversialized’ me. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? They make *you* the story. And you have a history of schizophrenia, you’re a liar, you’re a homo, you beat your dog, you’re a pedophile, it doesn’t matter if none of it’s true. The point is no one remembers what you found. They remember you and you’re nuts. You cease to exist.”

‘Fred Weil’ — Kill the Messenger

On December 10 2004, investigative journalist Gary Webb died of two .38 caliber gunshot wounds to the head. The coroner ruled the death a suicide. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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“Gary Webb was MURDERED,” concluded FBI senior special agent Ted Gunderson in 2005.

“Webb resisted the first shot [to the head that exited via jaw] so he was shot again with the second shot going into the brain.”

FBI Gunderson regards the theory that Webb could have managed to shoot himself twice as “impossible!”

Gary Webb & the “Dark Alliance” series

“I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests.

And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been.

The reason I’d enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn’t been, as I’d assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job.

The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn’t written anything important enough to suppress.”

The CIA & The Media

In September 2014, the CIA released a trove of documents spanning three decades of secret government operations.

Culled from the agency’s in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence, the materials include a previously unreleased six-page article titled “Managing a Nightmare: CIA Public Affairs and the Drug Conspiracy Story.”

Looking back on the weeks immediately following the publication of “Dark Alliance,” the document offers a unique window into the CIA’s internal reaction to what it called “a genuine public relations crisis” while revealing just how little the agency ultimately had to do to swiftly extinguish the public outcry. [The Intercept]


The “Dark Alliance” series remains controversial. Critics view the series’ claims as inaccurate or overstated, while supporters point to the results of a later CIA investigation as vindicating the series.

Criticism has also been directed at the follow-up reporting in the Los Angeles Times and other papers for focusing on problems in the series rather than re-examining the earlier CIA-Contra claims. [WIKIPEDIA]

MOVIE: “Kill the Messenger”

“Kill the Messenger” is a 2014 American crime thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Peter Landesman.

It is based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and the book Dark Alliance by Gary Webb which focuses on CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking.

The film stars Jeremy Renner in his first film as a producer. The film was released on October 10, 2014. [WIKIPEDIA]



Managing a Nightmare — How the CIA watched over the destruction of Gary Webb — The Intercept

Charlene Fassa, “Gary Webb: More Pieces in the Suicided Puzzle,”, December 11, 2005.


Remembering “DARK ALLIANCE”: Gary Webb (31 August 1955 – 10 December 2004) [2017]

Remembering “DARK ALLIANCE”: Gary Webb (31 August 1955 – 10 December 2004) [2018]

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