Based on a true story, ‘Kill the Messenger’ is the gripping account of investigative journalist Gary Webb’s report into connections between the CIA and the flow of cocaine on Los Angeles’ streets in the 1980s.
In 1996 Webb, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, is contacted by a source whose fiancé is on trial and accused of trafficking crack cocaine. A paper trail leads to other dealers who have a connection to a government informant, alleged to have smuggled on behalf of the CIA.
In the 1980s, the Reagan administration’s war on drugs overlapped with their support for the contras in Nicaragua. Communism was expanding