Film of journalist ruined by CIA
The story of the journalist Gary Webb is to hit the big screen in a film called Kill the Messenger, a story that has already been in a number of books. He was the journalist to link the CIA in the deals to arm the Nicaraguan Contra rebels as well as importing cocaine into California.
However he and his series of articles were the target of a smear campaign that ultimately ended with him taking his own life.
The film will be based on two novels, Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb (Play.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb by Nick Schou (Play.com / Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), both of which Peter Landesman will adapt, and will show that the reporter exposed a lot of truths about the CIA and was then targeted by the CIA in a campaign intended to ruin his reputation and perhaps even his life.
Variety tells us that the journalist released a series of three articles which exposed the CIA plans and involvement in the deals, and they implied that the CIA was a major force in crack cocaine becoming so prevalent in California.
Peter Landesman said of the story:
"It's the story of a reporter killed for telling the truth, and it's poignant and relevant as the CIA and U.S. government continue to make nefarious deals with the devil for what they believe is the greater good"
The article doesn't tell us a lot about the story but it seems that one of the books claims that some journalists ignored a 1998 CIA admission of guilt validating Webb's claims and continued to attack the journalist. As his career was destroyed he slipped into depression and ultimately committed suicide.
You can read more about Gary Webb on Wikipedia, where it lists his various awards and achievements in his career, as well as more details behind the events after the publication of his Dark Alliance series.
Wikipeida also reveals that Webb committed suicide with two gunshots to the head, and while that might scream conspiracy to some, there is documented evidence of suicide victims being able to shoot themselves more than once. However this would add another facet to the conspiracy theories.
One thing is for sure Kill the Messenger could be a very strong thriller, not only could it capture that conspiracy film feel from the seventies - films such as The Parallax View, The Star Chamber and Capricorn One - but it also brings with it a true story, and one of the over reaching of agencies within the U.S. government.
Not forgetting the widespread vilification of Gary Webb.