Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, this film takes place in the mid 1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the Country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family and his life.
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Jeremy Renner was initially in talks to star as political whistle-blower, Julian Assange in 2013's The Fifth Estate. Renner ultimately declined the part and moved forward with Kill the Messenger instead. Read More