Did Pablo Escobar work for the CIA? The question is nothing new for conspiracy theorists who have long argued that the United States government's War on Drugs was actually a cover-up of its efforts to get in on the action, and a new memoir from an individual with a front row seat lends even more fodder to those suspicions.
Born Juan Pablo Escobar, Sebastián Marroquín now lives under a pseudonym in trendy neighborhood Palermo Soho in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a brief stint in Mozambique following the death of his father, the son of the notorious drug lord moved to the nearby South American country with his mother and sister.
Pablo Escobar's family eventually settled in Argentina. [Image by El Tiempo/AP Photo]
While he was just in his teens when his father was killed in a shootout with Colombian police in 1993, Juan Pablo experienced an intense childhood that few can lay claim to. As the son of a notorious trafficker, the young Escobar recounts seeing piles of drugs laid out before him at 8-years-old His parental figure clearly wasn't shy about the family business, telling him as a child that he'd prefer he did drugs in the house if he was curious about them.
In his new memoir, Pablo Escobar In Fraganti: What My Father Never Told Me, the iconic drug trafficker's son shares these interactions to shed light on the man behind the legend, with one particular detail pushed to the headlines: Marroquín alleges that the CIA was closely associated with his father's business, according to an exclusive interview with Infobae.
"In my book, I tell the story of my father working for the CIA selling cocaine to finance the fight against Communism in Central America. There are names like George Bush, Sr. and many more."
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Claims that the CIA was working with Latin American drug traffickers were so rampant at one point that several official U.S. government investigations were carried out to look into the allegations. The Reagan administration eventually admitted that the Contra rebels, which it supported in an effort to overthrow Nicaragua's Communist government, did indeed acquire funding from cocaine smuggling — though it continued to deny that the U.S. government was complicit in this scheme, reported Associated Press.
Yet according to the son who spent his youth at the center of Pablo's drug empire, that's not true. Escobar argues that the government constructed an anti-drug policy that placed them at the top as the primary profiteers, all the while framing themselves as the strongmen preventing the scourge of drugs from reaching the American people.
"The business of drug trafficking is very different from what we imagine. What the CIA did was buy the controls that brought the drugs into their country… Drug prohibition is a great business for those who close off all the points of entry. I believe that prohibition is the best propaganda."Making the rounds to promote the release of his upcoming book, Juan Pablo also spoke to Argentine channel TN's program A Dos Voces. There he revealed fascinating tidbits, like a plot his father had to kidnap Michael Jackson, and further underlined the connection between Escobar and the CIA.
"He didn't make that money alone, but with the U.S. organizations that permitted his access to that money. He had direct relations with the CIA… the person who sold the most drugs to the CIA was Pablo Escobar."
After revealing such information, Juan Pablo Escobar doesn't believe he will ever be able to safely travel to the U.S. again, but he says that exposing the reality is vital.
"I'm thankful to be alive. I believe that I care less about the fear of death than more important things, like bringing us closer to the truth."Despite the explosive nature of these allegations, American mainstream media has been silent on the news for nearly two weeks since Juan Pablo first gave the interview. While there are plenty of articles about the third season of Narcos, based on Escobar's drug empire, not one single English-language write-up appears in Google News. Did Pablo Escobar work for the CIA?
The legacy of Pablo Escobar still hangs over Colombia, and his alleged links to the CIA have far from stopped being a topic of conversation for those critical of U.S. foreign policy in the region. [Image by Fernando Vergara/AP Photo]
That silence may, at least in part, be based on how controversial reporting about the links between Colombia's cocaine trade, the CIA, and the Contra rebels has gotten in the past. A series from the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 argued that Colombian drug rings were bringing massive amounts of cocaine into the U.S. and fomenting Los Angeles' crack epidemic, then subsequently escaping prosecution because of their links to the CIA and the Contra rebels.
The series, nicknamed The Dark Alliance, was heavily criticized by other media, including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, the latter of which ran a mammoth investigative series that failed to come up with enough evidence to back up the original article's claims. Other outlets were especially critical of the idea that the government was responsible for the explosion of the crack epidemic. After the original reporter, Gary Webb, made several trips to Nicaragua to gather more evidence, Mercury News eventually released an editorial saying that the report "did not meet the paper's standards." Webb did not agree with these conclusions and later committed suicide in 2004.
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