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Dark alliance : the CIA, the contras, and the crack cocaine explosion

Author: Gary Webb
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press ; London : Turnaround, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Dark Alliance shows how the L.A. crack market flourished through a breathtaking combination of government negligence, greed, and criminal conduct. In its final chapters, Dark Alliance also reveals Gary Webb's personal account of the behind-the-scenes conflict that led to his newspaper's repudiation of its own groundbreaking series. The career-damning allegations leveled at Webb have now been joined by glowing  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Webb
ISBN: 1888363932 9781888363937 9781888363685 1888363681
OCLC Number: 41212072
Notes: Previous edition: 1998.
Description: xiii, 574 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Gary Webb.

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"Dark Alliance shows how the L.A. crack market flourished through a breathtaking combination of government negligence, greed, and criminal conduct. In its final chapters, Dark Alliance also reveals Gary Webb's personal account of the behind-the-scenes conflict that led to his newspaper's repudiation of its own groundbreaking series. The career-damning allegations leveled at Webb have now been joined by glowing reviews of the first edition of Dark Alliance, and the core findings of this courageous investigative reporter's work - once fiercely denied - are now matters of public record." "This revised and updated edition of Dark Alliance adds yet another layer of damning evidence culled from hundreds of newly declassified CIA cables, and FBI and DEA reports, none of which were available at the time of the first edition. Among other revelations, these long-secret documents expose how the CIA and the NSC worked with dozens of drug dealers and their companies to secretly fund right-wing Latin American guerrillas; the decade-long U.S. government coverup of the CIA-Contra drug trafficking and illegal gun-running network; one DEA agent's investigation into allegations of drug trafficking at a military airbase in El Salvador, and how the CIA and State Department shut it down; and how the DEA undermined a criminal investigation by the FBI in order to shield a massive L.A. drug ring and protect the drug ring's boss from arrest and exposure."--Jacket.

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