New Film Recounts Controversial Reporting on CIA, Crack Cocaine

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The upcoming feature film "Kill the Messenger" tells the story of Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. In 1996, Webb published a series of articles that later became part of the book "Dark Alliance," which investigated the alleged link between the CIA, the Contras in Nicaragua and the crack-cocaine epidemic in South Los Angeles. Film director Michael Cuesta joins us to discuss the film, the controversy over Webb's reporting which ended his career, and Gary Webb's 2004 suicide.


Michael Cuesta, director of "Kill the Messenger" and executive producer of Showtime's "Homeland"