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SUNDAY SCREENING: Guns, Drugs & the CIA (1988)

This week’s documentary screening, curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE. 

This was quite a groundbreaking investigation and production at the time, which aired on US public television in 1988, detailing the US government’s own role, along with the CIA – in trafficking in illicit narcotics proceeds that were used to shore up the Contra “freedom fighters” effort in Nicaragua.

“The history of the CIA runs parallel to criminal and drug operations throughout the world, but it’s coincidental. Is the CIA using drug money to finance covert operations?”


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Run Time: 56 min
Presenter: Judy Woodruff
Director: Leslie Cockburn
Producers: Andrew & Leslie Cockburn
Released by Frontline, PBS (1988)

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