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CIA agent: What you want to say happened, never happened.
Gary: Then why am I here?
CIA agent: American kids... were going to die in that war.
Gary: American kids did die. They're still dying. Just not the ones you care about, apparently.
Lawyer: Mr. Blandon... how much money did you take in from cocaine sales while you were working for the U.S. government? One and a half billion dollars.
Blandon: That's correct.
Lawyer: What did you do with that money?
Blandon: We made so much money we had to keep an apartment just to keep the cash. It was floor to ceiling dollars. We had to rotate the money from the top to the bottom... to prevent mold from coming on the money from the humidity.
Gary: But I think that's what good investigative reporting does. It ruffles feathers. But I was never fired. And my editors never threw me under the bus. And that's because I never wrote anything until now... that really mattered to a lot of people. Mattered in a scary way. I'm not going to take it back. Make nice to save my job. Because I thought my job... Sorry. I thought my job was to tell the public the truth. The facts, pretty or not. And let the publishing of those facts... make a difference... in how people look at things. At themselves, at what they stand for. That's shame on me. This is the only thing I ever wanted to do. And for a while...a long while, it was an honor.
Cullen: It's all lies and corruption, Gary. You become attracted to the power, then you become addicted to the power... then you're devoured by the power.
Gary: Your thing and my thing, are they connected? Are they the same?
Cullen: Yes. They are the same. ... Nobody wants to hear your sad story, Gary.
Gary: You can go on record.
Cullen: And end up dead? No.
Gary: Then why are you here?
Cullen: I'm confessing. Who else am I going to tell?
It's not what you can prove, it's what people say they remember. Your word against theirs.
Weil: You're going to make your bones on this.
Gary: This is a true story.
Weil: My friend, some stories are just too true to tell.
Weil: I was you once. Gary, I started down this road. Though nowhere near as far as you are. When they saw... I wasn't gonna stop, they 'controversialized' me. Do you have any idea what I'm talking about? They make you the story. And you have a history of schizophrenia, you're a liar, you're a homo...you beat your dog... you're a pedophile - it doesn't matter if none of it's true. The point is... no one remembers what you found. They remember you... and you're nuts. You cease to exist. ... Remember, you get the most flak... when you're right above the target. That's when they empty all their guns into you. When you're about to drop a bomb on the on the Kremlin... Or in this case, the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Reagan years on Contra and Cocaine:
The Reagan administration is spending billions on two wars..the war on drugs at home and the struggle for. Nicaragua abroad. If we do not act decisively in defense of freedom... new Cubas will arise from the ruins of today's conflicts. We will consult closely with the Freedom Fighters. "The anti-communist rebels known as the "contras”... an army founded and funded by the CIA.
Crack cocaine... a drug epidemic unlike any that's ever probably existed in the history of the world. For five dollars, you can begin the process of addicting people. Waging the war on drugs has one hundred billion dollars over the last ten years. The crack trade has triggered a spasm of gang warfare in south-central L.A... and DEA agents are swarming throughout.
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