Taking a Dive on Contra Crack

Webb, Gary
April 2005
This article focuses on the media establishment of Mercury news. The Mercury printed up 5,000 copies of the series related to into the Mercury's website. After more than a year of and they were gone in a matter of weeks. The London Times did a story. Le Monde in Paris wrote something. Newspapers in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Colombia and Nicaragua called for interviews. NBC News (9/27/96) did a strong follow-up, finally exposing the drug- related entries in Oliver North's notebooks to a national television audience, but it was the only network attempting to advance the story. he crack epidemic in Los Angeles followed no blueprint or master plan. it was not orchestrated by the Contras or the CIA. No one trafficker, even king- pins who sold thousands of kilos and pocketed millions of dollars, ever came close to monopolizing the drug trade. Buried deep within the L.A. Times story were admissions by CIA officials that Contra supporters were involved in drug running.


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