|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
DECEMBER 13, 2004
|CONTACT: Institute for Public Accuracy
Sam Husseini, 202-347-0020
David Zupan, 541-484-9167
Reporter Who Examined CIA-Contra-Cocaine Link Dies
WASHINGTON -- December 13 -- AP reported this weekend that "Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a controversial series of stories linking the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking in Los Angeles, has died at age 49...of an apparent suicide."
AP wrote: "Webb's 1996 series in the Mercury News alleged that Nicaraguan drug traffickers had sold tons of crack cocaine in Los Angeles and funneled millions of dollars in profits to the CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras during the 1980s." The Mercury News backed away from the series and Webb resigned from the paper. Webb went on to write the book Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion which laid out his case in more detail.
# ROBERT PARRY, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.consortiumnews.com
Parry's latest book is Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.