Monday, July 20, 1998

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  • The CIA-Contra Cocaine Connection

    Last week, the New York Times reported the CIA’s own investigation of its activities revealed that agency officials knew that the Nicaraguan contras they were working with were running drugs. The new report is the long-delayed second volume of the CIA’s internal investigation into possible connections between the Contras and Central American drug traffickers. The investigation was originally prompted by a 1996 series in the San Jose Mercury News which asserted that a "dark alliance" between the CIA, the contras, and drug traffickers had helped finance the contra war with profits from drug smuggling.

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