CIA, Drugs & the Media
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.
Recorded at the University of Wisconsin.
Alexander Cockburn was a keen observer of the U.S. scene and was in the front rank of media critics. He was a columnist for The Nation for many years. He wrote Corruptions of Empire, The Fate of the Forest, co-authored with Suzanna Hecht, The Golden Age Is In Us, and Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press. He was the editor of CounterPunch. His erudite and crisp writing was exemplary. Alexander Cockburn passed away in 2012.