CIA, Drugs & the Media
Program #COCA012. Recorded in Madison, WI on September 30, 1998.CIA drug connections have been suspected since its creation in 1947. Yet from Southeast Asia to Europe and from Afghanistan to Central America, Agency links to the drug trade have not been pursued by the media. A new book written by Jeffrey St. Clair with syndicated columnist Alexander Cockburn, Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press, traces the history of this blind spot. As acerbic in speech as in print, Cockburn reveals the government's most embarrassing moments.
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Peter Dale Scott
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