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An August 1996 series in the San Jose Mercury News by reporter Gary Webb linked the origins of crack cocaine in California to the contras a guerrilla force backed by the Reagan administration that attacked Nicaraguas Sandinista government during the 1980s Webbs series The Dark Alliance has been the subject of intense media debate and has focused attention on a foreign policy drug scandal that leaves many questions unanswered This electronic briefing book is compiled from declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive including the notebooks kept by NSC aide and Iran-contra figure Oliver North electronic mail messages written by high-ranking Reagan administration officials memos detailing the contra war effort and FBI and DEA reports The documents demonstrate official knowledge of drug operations and collaboration with and protection of known drug traffickers Court and hearing transcripts are also included Special thanks to the Arca Foundation the Ruth Mott Fund the Samuel Rubin Foundation and the Fund for Constitutional Government for their support Contents Documentation of Official US Knowledge of Drug Trafficking and the Contras Evidence that NSC Staff Supported Using Drug Money to Fund the Contras US Officials and Major Traffickers Manuel Noriega Jos Bueso Rosa FBIDEA Documentation Testimony of Fabio Ernesto Carrasco 6 April 1990 National Security Archive Analysis and Publications Click on the document icon next to each description to view the document Documentation of Official US Knowledge of Drug Trafficking and the Contras The National Security Archive obtained the hand-written notebooks of Oliver North the National Security Council aide who helped run the contra war and other Reagan administration covert operations through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed in 1989 The notebooks as well as declassified memos sent to North record that North was repeatedly informed of contra ties to drug trafficking In
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