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Gary Webb is one of the journalists who inspired me, and his Dark Alliance series on the CIA complicity in drug trafficking is considered one of the most controversial pieces of investigative journalism. In this subscriber-only episode we recount the Gary Webb story, the media backlash against his work, and examine the CIA Inspector General reports on the CIA-Contra drug trafficking conspiracy. Using CIA internal histories of their media operation to discredit Webb and debunk his work, we analyse what was behind the backlash against the Dark Alliance series. We round off looking at another Gary – Gary Betzner, a pilot who smuggled drugs, testified before the Kerry Committee and was the subject of the documentary The Invisible Pilot.