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And Renner, who hasn’t been this electric to watch since The Hurt Locker, turns in a powerhouse performance. When Webb is chasing down leads and digging to bring secrets to life, Renner gives him a playful swagger, a big-man-on-campus charm, but when his story’s subject bites back, Renner’s performance grows sadder and darker. Renner’s committed performance dares you to look away, knowing you won’t, as the actor depicts Webb being brought to his knees by the painful realization that the road to his own personal Hell, paved with good intentions though it was, is a one-way street he’s already traveled too far down to turn back. Watching his optimism bend and then break is nothing short of devastating.

Jeremy Renner is a force of nature in this taut, thrilling and completely devastating tale of a journalist under fire. Kill the Messenger will enthrall you, horrify you and, most importantly, it will light your fire.




http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/kill-the-messenger-20141009

Kill the Messenger flies high on the power of Jeremy Renner’s all-stops-out performance as journalist Gary Webb.




http://t.co/KkS4bT3dlO The Oregonian :

Jeremy Renner shines in the true story of a journalistic martyr,”




http://moviefinatic.com/articles/kill-the-messenger-review-one-of-the- year-s-best-most-important-films

Jeremy Renner is incredible as Gary Webb, who's important story finally makes it's way to the big screen



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‘Kill the Messenger’: Get the message out
October 7, 2014

killmessenger It’s the rare journalism movie that gets it right when it comes to depicting the day-to-day on a daily newspaper. And, given the terminal condition of American print, journalism movies themselves are going to become an endangered species – sort of like newspapers.

So it’s nice to see a movie like “Kill the Messenger” get it right. In telling this true story, director Michael Cuesta and writer Peter Landesman not only recount a scandal and an injustice; they also capture a cusp moment, just before the Internet tsunami roared in, changing the news-gathering landscape forever.

It’s 1996 and Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) is an investigative reporter – remember those? – at the San Jose Mercury News. One day he gets a tip that leads him to the loose thread of what could be a major story – and then he pulls it.

What he unravels is a conspiracy from 10 years earlier, when the Reagan administration was trading arms for hostages in Iran and looking for ways to circumvent a congressional edict against supporting the Contras in Nicaragua. Webb uncovers stories from participants that the CIA had sanctioned the importing of cocaine to America, the profits of which went to buy weapons for the Contras. His digging takes him across the country and even to Nicaragua, where he talks to the drug smugglers who were on the CIA radar, but were given a pass.

His story earns him a bunch of awards – and intense pushback from the CIA. Which is the real story here: how professional jealousy and government manipulation turned Webb into a target.

Suddenly his story – and his professional credibility – are called into question. Even his own bosses begin to doubt him. If this story comes as news, we’ll, that’s how the CIA – and particularly alumni of the Reagan era – would prefer it.

Webb turns out to be part of that dying breed – an idealist who actually believes that the truth is a coat of armor that will protect him. Against slings and arrows? Perhaps. Against the full force of the mainstream press, as manipulated by a government agency? Not so much.

There are fewer and fewer cases like this, of course, because this kind of journalism is vanishing, the victim of media’s vulnerability to market forces and bottom lines. Even worse, it has led to the diminution of a readership that wants to be informed by something other than the daily roll call of infotainment and media-fueled scandals. So the tragedy of this story is still being played out.

Cuesta has made a spare but compelling film that pulls you along with the insistence of hounds after the fox. And he has the no-nonsense Jeremy Renner to drive this vehicle, playing Webb as affable but driven, a straight-shooting truth-teller who is just sneaky enough – and naive enough – to get himself in trouble.

A list of famous faces – including Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Michael Sheen and Michael K. Williams – pop up in featured roles, adding flavor to the stew. It’s grounded by Rosemarie DeWitt (as Webb’s wife) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Oliver Platt as his editors.

“Kill the Messenger” is both chilling and thoughtful. It offers an important story – and a glimpse of what our media world would soon become.

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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Kill the Messenger Movie Featurette - The All-Star Cast (2014) - Jeremy Renner Movie HD
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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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CIA Caught Drug Dealing: 'Kill The Messenger' Sneak Peek
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Published on Oct 9, 2014

The Infowars crew rates and reviews the new film, 'Kill The Messenger,' chronicling the true story of journalist Gary Webb exposing the CIA's direct connection with smuggling cocaine into US streets while using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Watch the Video!

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CNN SUNDAY 10.12.14 11am

Actor Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta discuss the movie "Kill the Messenger" on CNN's "Reliable Sources" at 11 a.m.

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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LARRY KING INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY RENNER

http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/jeremy-renner-0_1l1kka7n27yi
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About This Episode
Jeremy Renner — one of Hollywood’s most talented — gives Larry a crash course on landing multiple blockbuster movie roles, details his interests outside of acting, & even unveils a recent splurge in a revealing game of If You Only Knew.

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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OC Weekly editor Nick Schou's book "Kill the Messenger" is being made into a film. (SCOTT SMELTZER, Daily Pilot)

http://www.latimes.com/tn-dpt-et-1017-checking-in-with-nick-schou-20141016-story.html

By Michael Miller


Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark Alliance," which alleged that a California drug ring had sold crack cocaine to gang members and funneled the profits to a CIA-backed army in Nicaragua.

Soon, the claims in Webb's series came under attack by other journalists, and the Pulitzer-winning reporter's career ended in disarray before he committed suicide in 2004. But Webb was never without defenders — including Nick Schou, the managing editor of OC Weekly, who wrote the 2006 book "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb."
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Now, that message is reaching a whole new audience. Michael Cuesta's movie version of "Kill the Messenger," which stars Jeremy Renner as Webb, came out this fall from Focus Features, and reviews have been generally positive (as of last week, the film had a 70% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the New Yorker's David Denby, who praised its "steady flow of tension," among the fans).

Earlier this year in his Costa Mesa office — where Webb's work occupies a prominent spot on the bookcase — Schou spoke with the Daily Pilot about the fallen reporter's legacy and his own journey from newsroom to screen. The following are excerpts from the conversation:

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I noticed at the beginning of your book, you have this little "Dramatis Personae" section with all the characters. When you were writing the book, did you have any aspirations of a movie version someday?
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Yeah. I mean, I knew that Hollywood had been interested in Gary's story, and I kind of felt like it was a story that should be told on film, but I just, at that point when I wrote the book, felt lucky to be able to write about Gary because I'd never written a book before, and it was not easy getting that story accepted by a publisher. I couldn't even find an agent, actually, to represent me for that purpose. And so it got rejected by several different agents and publishers before Nation Books agreed to publish it. So I was just so relieved that I was able to pull that off, that as far as where it would go from there wasn't anything I was even capable of thinking about at that point.

There's a line in your book where you call "Dark Alliance" "the most explosive journalistic expose since the end of the Cold War." Do you think there's been anything in the almost 20 years since "Dark Alliance" that's been that big?

Well, I mean, there's been a lot of major revelations lately, as far as WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden and, you know, big sort of revelatory works of journalism that have come out as a result of that type of event — by which I mean leaks, basically. So that's pretty common nowadays, and those can be very explosive as well.

What I really meant by what I said about "Dark Alliance" was that it was pretty much the first big, major journalistic expose in the Internet age. It came out right at the advent of the Internet and was the first big journalistic product to get that widespread of an audience, and it wasn't the result of anything being leaked per se. I mean, Gary Webb was given leads by sources, for sure, but he spent a year investigating this story and worked passionately and diligently to get it out. It wasn't just something that was handed to him on a plate.

There was that piece in the American Journalism Review just a few months after Webb died — the piece by Susan Paterno — and the headline was "The Sad Saga of Gary Webb." Do you think there's a lesson to be taken from Webb's story?

The way I posited it in the book was that his story is kind of a cautionary tale for journalism itself. I mean, he had his reputation destroyed over a very complicated story, and it was a story that almost every reporter that had tried to write about this previously had kind of lived to regret having done. And he was warned by people that had covered Iran-Contra that this was just a toxic, radioactive story, and it really gauged how strong his relationship was with his editors. And so what I charted out in the book was how the story sort of broke down.

Gary Webb made mistakes in his reporting, I think, and his editors also made mistakes. He was a very courageous reporter, but he also demanded a very kind of tenacious editor that could check the claims that were being made. Somehow in the process of the editing of this story, I think, certain exaggerations weighed in on the story that helped it achieve the impact that it had but which weren't necessary, and I think that the story would have been very compelling and very important had it not reached as far as it did.

And so that's pretty much what I tried to uncover, and I think it's certainly a terrible personal tragedy what happened to him, but it's also really an important journalism story just as far as how this story kind of ruined a particular person's career. And I pointed out at the end that he was the only person that paid any price for this at all. All the other editors that were involved in it got promoted, and their careers progressed untarnished.

About the movie — you're an extra in one scene. Is that correct?

Correct, yes.

Which scene are you an extra in?

There's a scene where Gary's story has just been published, and he's appearing on talk shows and talking about it. I think he's given a $50 check by the editor of the newspaper, and there's a big round of applause for the work. So it shows a bunch of middle-aged-looking editors watching that through the conference room glass, and I'm one of the people that you see in a brief flash. But if you blink, you'll miss it.

Is there any art to being a good extra?

You know, for just half a second of screen time, you spend two days sort of standing around, so it just takes a lot of patience. But for me, obviously, it was really exciting just to be there, and to be a part of the making of the movie was a real treat for me, to actually see it unfold. And just even playing a tiny role in it was kind of a dream of a lifetime, I guess.

How about Jeremy Renner? Does he do a good impression of Webb?

Yeah. I mean, he really captures, I think, Webb's personality when he was enthusiastically chasing down a story, and then the changes that happened after that. It's an exciting film.

Usually, when a movie comes out that's based on real life, whether it's "Argo" or "Captain Phillips" or "The King's Speech" or one of those, you have this sort of Greek chorus of people coming out and saying, "No, it didn't happen exactly that way" or "Here's how they shifted the timeline" or something like that. From what you've seen of "Kill the Messenger," do you feel like it is pretty much true to life?
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I mean, it's a mixture of what really happened and what inevitably happens when you make a movie about what really happened. It's a compressed biopic, so certain characters are composite and certain scenes are dramatized in a way to please audiences, I think, for lack of a better word. But you know, there's an art to making movies that I can't really fathom. It's certainly a very real story.
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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.17.14 EXAMINER- Truth in a time of actual journalism

http://www.examiner.com/review/truth-a-time-of-actual-journalism


Truth in a time of actual journalism

October 17, 2014 7:06 PM MST

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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The Family of Gary Webb at the Oct 9, 2014 openerof KTM in New York at the Museum of Modern Art

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The True story of “Kill the Messenger”
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Former Newsweek and Associated Press reporter ROBERT PARRY INTERVIEW ABOUT GARY WEBB CONTRA COCAINE SCANDAL (13 minutes)

The True story of “Kill the Messenger”
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“Because of Webb’s work, the CIA launched an Inspector General investigation that named dozens of troubling connections to drug runners. That wouldn’t have happened if Gary Webb hadn’t been willing to stand up and risk it all.”
Senator John Kerry (LA Weekly, May 30, 2013)

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A TAINTED DEAL ALLOWED DRUG FLOW
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb
October 18, 2014        

Exclusive: The movie, “Kill the Messenger,” portrays the mainstream U.S. news media as craven for destroying Gary Webb rather than expanding on his investigation of the Contra-cocaine scandal. So, now one of those “journalists” is renewing the character assassination of Webb, notes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his
renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood.

Leen insists that there is a journalism dictum that “an extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof.” But Leen must know that it is not true. Many extraordinary claims, such as assertions in 2002-03 that Iraq was hiding arsenals of WMDs, were published as flat-fact without “extraordinary proof” or any real evidence at all, including by Leen’s colleagues at the Washington Post.
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A different rule actually governs American journalism – that journalists need “extraordinary proof” if a story puts the U.S. government or an “ally” in a negative light but pretty much anything goes when criticizing an “enemy.”

If, for instance, the Post wanted to accuse the Syrian government of killing civilians with Sarin gas or blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot-down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, any scraps of proof – no matter how dubious – would be good enough (as was the actual case in 2013 and 2014, respectively).

However, if new evidence undercut those suspicions and shifted the blame to people on “the U.S. side” – say, the Syrian rebels and the Ukrainian government – then the standards of proof suddenly skyrocket beyond reach. So what you get is not “responsible” journalism – as Leen tries to suggest – but hypocrisy and propaganda. One set of rules for the goose and another set for the gander.

The Contra-Cocaine Case

Or to go back to the Contra-cocaine scandal that Brian Barger and I first exposed for the Associated Press in 1985: If we were writing that the leftist Nicaraguan Sandinista government – the then U.S. “enemy” – was shipping cocaine to the United States, any flimsy claim would have sufficed. But the standard of proof ratcheted up when the subject of our story was cocaine smuggling by President Ronald Reagan’s beloved Contras.

In other words, the real dictum is that there are two standards, double standards, something that a careerist like Leen knows in his gut but doesn’t want you to know. All the better to suggest that Gary Webb was guilty of violating some noble principle of journalism.

But Leen is wrong in another way – because there was “extraordinary proof” establishing that the Contras were implicated in drug trafficking and that the Reagan administration was looking the other way.

When Barger and I wrote the first story about Contra-cocaine trafficking almost three decades ago, we already had “extraordinary proof,” including documents from Costa Rica, statements by Contras and Contra backers, and admissions from officials in the Drug Enforcement Administration and Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff.

However, Leen seems to dismiss our work as nothing but getting “tips” about Contra-cocaine trafficking as if Barger and I were like the hacks at the Washington Post and the New York Times who wait around for authorized handouts from the U.S. government.

Following the Money

Barger and I actually were looking for something different when we encountered the evidence on Contra-cocaine trafficking. We were trying to figure out how the Contras were sustaining themselves in the field after Congress cut off the CIA’s financing for their war.

We were, in the old-fashioned journalistic parlance, “following the money.” The problem was the money led, in part, to the reality that all the major Contra organizations were collaborating with drug traffickers.

Besides our work in the mid-1980s, Sen. John Kerry’s follow-on Contra-cocaine investigation added substantially more evidence. Yet Leen and his cohorts apparently felt no need to pursue the case any further or even give respectful attention to Kerry’s official findings.

Indeed, when Kerry’s report was issued in April 1989, the Washington Post ran a dismissive story by Michael Isikoff buried deep inside the paper. Newsweek dubbed Kerry “a randy conspiracy buff.” In his new article attacking Gary Webb, Leen just says:

“After an exhaustive three-year investigation, the committee’s report concluded that CIA officials were aware of the smuggling activities of some of their charges who supported the contras, but it stopped short of implicating the agency directly in drug dealing. That seemed to be the final word on the matter.”

But why was it the “final word”? Why didn’t Leen and others who had missed the scandal as it was unfolding earlier in the decade at least try to build on Kerry’s findings. After all, these were now official U.S. government records. Wasn’t that “extraordinary” enough?

In this context, Leen paints himself as the true investigative journalist who knew the inside story of the Contra-cocaine tale from the beginning. He wrote: “As an investigative reporter covering the drug trade for the Miami Herald, … I wrote about the explosion of cocaine in America in the 1980s and 1990s, and the role of Colombia’s Medellin Cartel in fueling it.

“Beginning in 1985, journalists started pursuing tips about the CIA’s role in the drug trade. Was the agency allowing cocaine to flow into the United States as a means to fund its secret war supporting the contra rebels in Nicaragua? Many journalists, including me, chased that story from different angles, but the extraordinary proof was always lacking.”

Again, what Leen says is not true. Leen makes no reference to the groundbreaking AP story in 1985 or other disclosures in the ensuing years. He just insists that “the extraordinary proof” was lacking — which it may have been for him given his lackluster abilities. He then calls the final report of Kerry’s investigation the “final word.”

But Leen doesn’t explain why he and his fellow mainstream journalists were so incurious about this major scandal that they would remain passive even in the wake of a Senate investigation. It’s also not true that Kerry’s report was the “final word” prior to Webb reviving the scandal in 1996.

Government Witnesses

In 1991, during the narcotics trafficking trial of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the U.S. government itself presented witnesses who connected the Contras to the Medellin cartel.

Indeed, after testimony by Medellin cartel kingpin Carlos Lehder about his $10 million contribution to the Contras, the Washington Post wrote in a Nov. 27, 1991 editorial that “The Kerry hearings didn’t get the attention they deserved at the time” and that “The Noriega trial brings this sordid aspect of the Nicaraguan engagement to fresh public attention.”

But the Post offered its readers no explanation for why Kerry’s hearings had been largely ignored, with the Post itself a leading culprit in this journalistic misfeasance. Nor did the Post and the other leading newspapers use the opening created by the Noriega trial to do anything to rectify their past neglect.

In other words, it didn’t seem to matter how much “extraordinary proof” the Washington Post or Jeff Leen had. Nothing would be sufficient to report seriously on the Contra-cocaine scandal, not even when the U.S. government vouched for the evidence.

So, Leen is trying to fool you when he presents himself as a “responsible journalist” weighing the difficult evidentiary choices. He’s just the latest hack to go after Gary Webb, which has become urgent again for the mainstream media in the face of “Kill the Messenger,” a new movie about Webb’s ordeal.

What Leen won’t face up to is that the tag-team destruction of Gary Webb in 1996-97 – by the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times – represented one of the most shameful episodes in the history of American journalism.

The Big Papers tore down an honest journalist to cover up their own cowardly failure to investigate and expose a grave national security crime, the Reagan administration’s tolerance for and protection of drug trafficking into the United States by the CIA’s client Contra army.

This journalistic failure occurred even though the Associated Press – far from a radical news outlet – and a Senate investigation (not to mention the Noriega trial) had charted the way.

Leen’s Assault

Contrary to Leen’s column, “Kill the Messenger” is actually a fairly honest portrayal of what happened when Webb exposed the consequences of the Contra cocaine smuggling after the drugs reached the United States. One channel fed into an important Los Angeles supply chain that produced crack.

But Leen tells you that “The Hollywood version of [Webb's] story — a truth-teller persecuted by the cowardly and craven mainstream media — is pure fiction.”

He then lauds the collaboration of the Big Three newspapers in destroying Webb and creating such enormous pressure on Webb’s newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, that the executive editor Jerry Ceppos threw his own reporter under the bus. To Leen, this disgraceful behavior represented the best of American journalism.

Leen wrote: “The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, in a rare show of unanimity, all wrote major pieces knocking the story down for its overblown claims and undernourished reporting.

“Gradually, the Mercury News backed away from Webb’s scoop. The paper transferred him to its Cupertino bureau and did an internal review of his facts and his methods. Jerry Ceppos, the Mercury News’s executive editor, wrote a piece concluding that the story did not meet the newspaper’s standards — a courageous stance, I thought.”

“Courageous”? What an astounding characterization of Ceppos’s act of career cowardice.

But Leen continues by explaining his role in the Webb takedown. After all, Leen was then the drug expert at the Miami Herald, which like the San Jose Mercury News was a Knight Ridder newspaper. Leen says his editors sought his opinion about Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series.

Though acknowledging that he was “envious” of Webb’s story when it appeared in 1996, Leen writes that he examined it and found it wanting, supposedly because of alleged overstatements. He proudly asserts that because of his critical analysis, the Miami Herald never published Webb’s series.

But Leen goes further. He falsely characterizes the U.S. government’s later admissions contained in inspector general reports by the CIA and Justice Department. If Leen had bothered to read the reports thoroughly, he would have realized that the reports actually establish that Webb – and indeed Kerry, Barger and I – grossly understated the seriousness of the Contra-cocaine problem which began at the start of the Contra movement in the early 1980s and lasted through the decade until the end of the war.

Leen apparently assumes that few Americans will take the trouble to study and understand what the reports said. That is why I published a lengthy account of the U.S. government’s admissions – both after the reports were published in 1998 and as “Kill the Messenger” was hitting the theaters in October. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “The Sordid Contra-Cocaine Saga.”]

Playing It Safe

Instead of diving into the reeds of the CIA and DOJ reports, Leen does what he and his mainstream colleagues have done for the past three decades, try to minimize the seriousness of the Reagan administration tolerating cocaine trafficking by its Contra clients and even obstructing official investigations that threatened to expose this crime of state.

Instead, to Leen, the only important issue is whether Gary Webb’s story was perfect. But no journalistic product is perfect. There are always more details that a reporter would like to have, not to mention compromises with editors over how a story is presented. And, on a complex story, there are always some nuances that could have been explained better. That is simply the reality of journalism, the so-called first draft of history.

But Leen pretends that it is the righteous thing to destroy a reporter who is not perfect in his execution of a difficult story – and that Gary Webb thus deserved to be banished from his profession for life, a cruel punishment that impoverished Webb and ultimately drove him to suicide in 2004.

But if Leen is correct – that a reporter who takes on a very tough story and doesn’t get every detail precisely correct should be ruined and disgraced – what does he tell his Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward, whose heroic Watergate reporting included an error about whether a claim regarding who controlled the White House slush fund was made before a grand jury.

While Woodward and his colleague Carl Bernstein were right about the substance, they were wrong about its presentation to a grand jury. Does Leen really believe that Woodward and Bernstein should have been drummed out of journalism for that mistake? Instead, they were lionized as heroes of investigative journalism despite the error – as they should have been.

Yet, when Webb exposed what was arguably an even worse crime of state – the Reagan administration turning a blind eye to the importation of tons of cocaine into the United States – Leen thinks any abuse of Webb is justified because his story wasn’t perfect.

Those two divergent judgments – on how Woodward’s mistake was understandably excused and how Webb’s imperfections were never forgiven – speak volumes about what has happened to the modern profession of journalism at least in the mainstream U.S. media. In reality, Leen’s insistence on perfection and “extraordinary proof” is just a dodge to rationalize letting well-connected criminals and their powerful accomplices off the hook.

In the old days, the journalistic goal was to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” but the new rule appears to be: “any standard of proof works when condemning the weak or the despised but you need unachievable ‘extraordinary evidence’ if you’re writing about the strong and the politically popular.”

Who Is Unfit?

Leen adds a personal reflection on Webb as somehow not having the proper temperament to be an investigative reporter. Leen wrote:

“After Webb was transferred to Cupertino [in disgrace], I debated him at a conference of the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization in Phoenix in June 1997. He was preternaturally calm. While investigative journalists are usually bundles of insecurities and questions and skepticism, he brushed off any criticism and admitted no error. When asked how I felt about it all, I said I felt sorry for him. I still feel that way.”

It’s interesting – and sadly typical – that while Leen chastises Webb for not admitting error, Leen offers no self-criticism of himself for missing what even the CIA has now admitted, that the Contras were tied up in the cocaine trade. Doesn’t an institutional confession by the CIA’s inspector general constitute “extraordinary evidence”?

Also, since the CIA’s inspector general’s report included substantial evidence of Contra-cocaine trafficking running through Miami, shouldn’t Leen offer some mea culpa about missing these serious crimes that were going on right under his nose – in his city and on his beat? What sort of reporter is “preternaturally calm” about failing to do his job right and letting the public suffer as Leen did?

Perhaps all one needs to know about the sorry state of today’s mainstream journalism is that Jeff Leen is the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations and Gary Webb is no longer with us.


[To learn how you can hear a December 1996 joint appearance at which Robert Parry and Gary Webb discuss their reporting, click here.]

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s.

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L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Freeway:Crack In The System-Trailer(2014)-Marc Levin CIA Contra Documentary

Release Date 10/17/14




Freeway: Crack In The System Official Trailer (2014) - Marc Levin CIA Contra Documentary HD
Film Festivals and Indie Films

The Official Website:
http://crackinthesystem.com/


Official Facebook:
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3548962/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Acting Credits

Rick Ross
Warren Griffin III


Director - Marc Levin
Producer - Mike Marangu

http://offtoptv.com/2014/09/24/freewayricky-crack-in-the-system-official-movie-trailer/
Directed by Marc Levin, Freeway: Crack in the System tells the true story of Freeway Rick Ross and the players that tell how crack cocaine destroyed neighborhoods and lives through the CIA Contra connection featuring exclusive interviews with journalist Gary Webb, Jesse Katz, source Coral Baca, former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Robert Juarez, drug trafficker Julio Zavala and many others.


MARC LEVIN

http://crackinthesystem.com/directors-statement
http://crackinthesystem.com/press-release
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In The Midst of “Kill the Messenger” Release, CIA Drugs Scandal Witnesses Start Speaking

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Joshua De Leon

http://ringoffireradio.com/2014/10/in-the-midst-of-kill-the-messenger-release-cia-drugs-scandal-witnesses-start-speaking/

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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.24.14 WASHINGTON POST- Undue criticism of Gary Webb by Jeff Epton (Letter to the editor)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/undue-criticism-of-gary-webb/2014/10/24/a1fddff8-5abf-11e4-9d6c-756a229d8b18_story.html

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Gary Webb Was Right
Posted: 10/24/2014 10:01 am EDT Updated: 10/25/2014 1:59 pm EDT
Marc Levin
Award winning filmmaker, director, Freeway: Crack in the System
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-levin/gary-webb-was-right_b_6024530.html

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From Gary Webb to James Risen: The struggle for the soul of journalism
Two courageous reporters dug up dark government secrets. Only one was betrayed by his peers. Why did it happen?
Andrew O’Hehir
http://www.salon.com/2014/10/25/from_gary_webb_to_james_risen_the_struggle_for_the_soul_of_journalism/

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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10.29.14 Robert Parry is RIGHT AGAIN- NYT-Nazi's used by FBI.CIA, sheltered in the USA



In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

By ERIC LICHTBLAU
October 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/us/in-cold-war-us-spy-agencies-used-1000-nazis.html?_r=2&referrer=
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Robert Parry wrote a 2010 article alleging protection and relocation for Nazi’s
consortiumnews.com/2013/06/06/hitlers-shadow-reaches-toward-today/


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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Logbooks Tie Contras, Fla. Airline Plane's Wreckage Yielded Pilot's Files
By Frank Greve, Inquirer Washington Bureau (Knight-Ridder reporter Tim Golden in Nicaragua and researcher Karen Branan contributed to this article.)
Posted: October 18, 1986


http://articles.philly.com/1986-10-18/news/26061027_1_james-h-bastian-william-kress-cia


Robert Parry (journalist)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Parry_%28journalist%29
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Eugene Hasenfus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Hasenfus


Corporate Air Services HPF821
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_Air_Services_HPF821
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Pinal Airpark (Evergreen International Aviation), where many commercial airlines send their airplanes for storage, and which was also well known in the 1970s and 1980s as an air base for the CIA is located just north of Marana in Pinal County. The airport was generally accepted as being a U.S. Forest Service air tanker base until a series of forest fires in the mountains surrounding Tucson in the early 1970s. When locals requested that the Forest Service-marked tankers put out the fires, Airpark officials had to admit that the markings were in name only and that the alleged tankers were really paramilitary cargo planes. To this day, access to the Airpark is stringently monitored.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marana,_Arizona

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Marana became the headquarters of all Central Intelligence Agency air operations during the Vietnam War years, when it was the primary facility of Intermountain Airlines, a wholly owned CIA "front" company which was used to supply covert operations in Southeast Asia & elsewhere. Intermountain was infamous for its thinly veiled CIA special ops which included development & use of the Fulton Skyhook, but its cover was its non-scheduled freight & maintenance operations. Marana was the principal continental United States maintenance base for Southeast Asia CIA operations including Air America and Continental Air Services.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinal_Airpark
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Intermountain Aviation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermountain_Aviation

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Evergreen International Aviation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_International_Aviation

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Abandoned c123 Wreckage from iran-Contra used as a restaurant.
http://www.costaverde.com/avion01.htm

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DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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11.12.14 EXAMINER- "Kill The Messenger" is important; Jeremy Renner compelling in it

Movie review: "Kill The Messenger" is important; Jeremy Renner compelling in it

November 12, 2014 2:10 PM MST

http://www.examiner.com/review/movie-review-kill-the-messenger-decent-but-jeremy-renner-compelling-it

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Hollywood reflects ambivalence about the media in new films about journalists
November 13, 2014 Last updated: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:21 AM
By JIM BECKERMAN
http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/movies/hollywood-reflects-ambivalence-about-the-media-in-new-films-about-journalists-1.1132717?page=all

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L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Support Gary Webb and Re-Release Kill the Messenger in Theaters

https://www.change.org/p/universal-pictures-support-gary-webb-and-re-release-kill-the-messenger-in-theaters

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Eighteen years ago, investigative reporter Gary Webb uncovered C.I.A. involvement in the origin of the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic. His discovery, one of the most important outings of U.S. government conspiracy and horrifying injustice to the Black community, did not lead to mass public outrage and call to action. Rather, Gary was destroyed, discredited and disowned by fellow journalists and his own editors, some of which were quietly spurred by members of the C.I.A.

While Gary continued to fight for vindication, his career never fully recovered from his decision to tell the truth. In December 2004, Gary passed away from two gunshot wounds to the head, ruled suicide.

On October 10th, 2014, Focus Features released a film based on Gary’s story, entitled Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers). Despite positive reviews, a stellar cast, and early buzz, Focus released the film quietly and with little to no marketing efforts. Due to this, Kill the Messenger was mostly noticed only after it had already been pulled from local theaters, even at its highest expansion. As of November 15th, Focus has run several weekly nation-wide commercials for the film, yet has removed it from all but 18 theaters.

On November 2nd, representatives of Focus Features inexplicably failed to attend a fully-packed private award screening hosted specifically for Kill the Messenger and the Writers Guild of America. In doing so, Focus deprived a theater full of viewers and awards voters any access to the film.

As of November 24th, Kill the Messenger has been in limited theaters for about six weeks. The film has inspired an assortment of responses from Gary's prior persecutors, including open remorse, reluctant apologies, and continued outrage. While it has been labeled one of the most important movies of the year and a “final vindication” for Gary Webb, it has yet to be made noticeable and accessible to the majority of the population.

The behavior exhibited by Focus Features in this film is unprofessional, uncharacteristic of any film distributor keen on turning a profit, and not unlike the method of suppression and distancing used by Gary’s peers and colleagues. Fully acknowledging that Focus Features is emphasizing their Stephen Hawking-biopic over the next few months, we are asking that they at least make Kill the Messenger available again in theaters to the eager audience adamant on seeing it, as well as any open film awards group.

This movie ultimately starts the conversation that everyone should be having, and could not be more relevant and critical to our current society.

Please help petition Focus Features to notably expand or re-release Kill the Messenger in nation-wide theaters this fall and/or winter. After a career characterized by suppression of truth, Gary’s story deserves to be heard.



“The reason I'd enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn't been, as I'd assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job. The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress.” --Gary Webb

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About the Film:

Kill the Messenger is directed by Michael Cuesta and stars Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Paz Vega, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Andy Garcia, and Ray Liotta.

“Every part of this sprawling cast is worthy of praise, nailing the drama's steely tone and resolve.” –Cinemablend

“Jeremy Renner gives his best performance since 'The Hurt Locker' in this assiduous, engrossing drama.” –Variety

“ is a brilliantly staged and acted powder keg of a thriller, one that illuminates a true American horror story and clamors for a closer examination of the government’s relationship with the press. In the age of whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, we cannot forget Gary Webb…The moral outrage provokes remains intensely relevant.” –We Got This Covered

“With this career-best performance, Renner should at least be in the discussion for another Academy nod.” –David Kaplan

“A cautionary tale about what might easily transpire whenever the Fourth Estate is willing to serve as the Fifth Column rather than as a government watchdog.”—Kam Williams

“Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb…The film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely.” –Rolling Stone

“Kill the Messenger is a vital reminder that a free press must be free to press the powerful for answers.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The entire cast is perfect…Kill the Messenger is an extremely powerful film—and one that is so important historically” – Jeanne Kaplan

Kill the Messenger is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes at 77%: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kill_the_messenger_2015/

Kill the Messenger IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216491/

The articles that started it all: http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/start.htm

Featurettes featuring Jeremy Renner, director Michael Cuesta, Michaek K. Williams, Freeway Ricky Ross, producers, & more:

Kill the Messenger Movie Featurette - Crack in America

Kill the Messenger Movie Featurette - An Eyewitness Account

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25 нояб. 2014 'г'. — Incredible. With your help, we have amassed more than 200 signatures in the course of a day! Thank you for your amazing support. Thus far, we have seen the petition spread via Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and change.org, all of which are tremendous! We greatly appreciate every effort, big or small, and really hope to continue the trend. Feel free to add @FocusFeatures while posting or tweeting about the petition as well in order to ensure that our voice is heard.

Gary Webb's Dark Alliance remains incredibly relevant to our society today. Each signature gets us that much closer to ensuring that everyone will have the chance to see, hear, and understand why.

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

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http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-a-dogged-la-dea-agent-unraveled-the-cias-alleged-role-in-the-murder-of-kiki-camarena-5750278


"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Petition Update/Tid Bits

Thank you everyone for the support with this film! I'm just someone trying to help spread and update news on it

Focus Features uncharacteristically added 19 theaters to show Kill the Messenger this weekend. Considering they had it playing in only 8 last weekend, it is a noticeable change. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=killthemessenger.htm

Focus continued to run weekly nation-wide commercials with the October release date though, despite keeping the film (mostly) inaccessible. No clue what their motive is there, but for now that's a lot of money down the drain for the same commercial that rarely played before or while the film was in triple-digit theaters.

Here is a brief article explaining how quickly Focus Features initially jumped on the project:
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/02/05/focus-features-kill-the-messenger/

Since Focus Features was forced to close down their international branch at the end of last year, its parent company--Universal Pictures--is currently controlling a good amount of the foreign distribution through its other subsidiaries. There's already a number of red flags coming up for how the film is being treated in some markets, especially the UK. As a result, the petition is set up to send an e-mail to both Focus Features and Universal Pictures whenever it is signed. The gesture, at the very least, may serve as an indicator to non-Universal foreign subsidiaries that there is a wide audience for the film that hasn't been given the chance.

Thank you again for your support, please sign and share as much as possible!

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1998/06/tainted-deal

DEA Chief Robert Bonner said CIA Smuggled Drugs


L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena
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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Kill The Messenger
Oscar™ Nominee Jeremy Renner Stars In The Gripping Dramatic Thriller Inspired By A Shocking Real-life Conspiracy
Kill The Messenger
"**** ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR." - Steve Oldfield, Fox TV
OWN IT ON DIGITAL HD JANUARY 27, 2015
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK INCLUDING BLU-RAY™, DVD & DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™ AND ON DVD FEBRUARY 10, 2015 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment December 11, 2014 9:00 AM






UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A gutsy investigative journalist pursues the story of a lifetime in Focus Features' Kill the Messenger, a powerful dramatic thriller based on a remarkable true story, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ as well as DVD and On Demand on February 10, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD feature exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, cast profiles, filmmaker commentary and more. Two-time Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast with Emmy Award winner Michael Cuesta (Homeland) directing. Kill the Messenger will also be available on Digital HD on January 27, 2015.

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From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Kill The Messenger

Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (portrayed by Jeremy Renner). In the 1990s, this dedicated reporter's quest for the truth took him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and his investigative reporting drew the kind of attention that threatened not just his career, but his family and his life. Webb himself becomes the story and a target, as jealous rival reporters who missed the story move to discredit his work and reputation in an increasingly vicious smear campaign. His wife Sue (Rosemarie DeWitt) tries to stand by him even as, despite warnings from drug kingpins and menacing surveillance intended to deter his investigation, Webb keeps digging to prove a direct link between cocaine smugglers and the CIA, a conspiracy with explosive implications.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™.

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
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Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ & DVD

Feature Commentary with Director Michael Cuesta

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD

Deleted Scenes with commentary by director Michael Cuesta
Kill the Messenger: The All- Star Cast – Jeremy Renner leads an all-star cast in this dramatic thriller
Crack in America – A look at the story uncovered by Gary Webb
Filming in Georgia – Filmmakers discuss the benefits of filming in Georgia

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Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia
Directed By: Michael Cuesta
Written By: Peter Landesman, based upon the books Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb, and Kill the Messenger, by Nick Schou
Produced By: Scott Stuber, Naomi Despres, Jeremy Renner
Executive Producers: Peter Landesman, Pamela Abdy, Don Handfield, Michael Bederman
Casting: Avy Kaufman, CSA
Director of Photography: Sean Bobbitt, BSC
Production Designer: John Paino
Edited By: Brian A. Kates, ACE
Music By: Nathan Johnson
Costume Designer: Kimberly Adams

TECHNICAL INFORMATION - Blu-ray™:

Street Date: February 10, 2015
Copyright: 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 62130346
Running Time: 1 hour 52 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rating: R for language and drug content
Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles

TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:

Street Date: February 10, 2015
Copyright: 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 62130347
Running Time: 1 hour 52 minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rating: R for language and drug content
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles

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About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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"There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras."—Senator John Kerry (1996)


We live in a dirty and dangerous world ... There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -1988 speech by Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, CIA Headquarters
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Interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing details! Anyways, I also need to get the treatment for my drug addiction. After trying a lot on my own I am not able to control things so now have decided to get right treatment from experts at the rehab and addiction counseling Virginia clinic.
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