Reviewing effectiveness of UK drugs policy

Fierce Writing

Kill the Messenger: a film about CIA complicity in the drugs trade

I wasn’t sure whether to write about drugs or the media in this week’s column. So I’m writing about both.

As it happens, there’s a new film out which covers precisely these topics. It’s called Kill the Messenger and it stars Jeremy Renner as real-life journalist Gary Webb who broke an amazing story back in the 90s and who was destroyed because of it.

The story was about CIA complicity in the import of crack cocaine into the United States. The CIA weren’t directly involved: rather they turned a blind eye when one of their client groups, the Nicaraguan Contras, used cocaine smuggling as a means of funding their activities.

The CIA were later to admit that the story was largely true, but rather than support Gary Webb in his work, the mainstream media turned upon him…

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I like poetry and history.I love literature and music.
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