“My father worked for the CIA selling cocaine to finance the fight against Communism in Central America.”
Juan Pablo Escobar
“What we’ve learned is that if you look at history what happened with the Medellin Cartel after we took them down, Cali Cartel got stronger, right? Then we take them down, and North Valle Cartel takes over. We’re taking down cartels, and another cartel is born.”
Javier Pena — Former DEA officer
February 24 2017 — In a new book, Pablo Escobar’s son claims that his father worked for the CIA. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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UPDATE (February 24 2019) — On Friday (February 22 2019), Colombia destroyed an infamous apartment building which was once home to drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in a controlled implosion.
Medellin plans to build a park and memorial museum to replace the abandoned “Monaco building”.
The 8-story building was expropriated by Colombia in 1990 and for a time served as extra office space for the attorney general’s office.
Colombian cocaine production hit record levels in 2017, according to newly released UN statistics.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says production rose about 31% year on year to some 1,400 tonnes, cultivated on 171,000 hectares.
END of UPDATE
Juan Pablo Escobar’s second book— which has just been released in Argentina — describes his father’s international ties of corruption in which he had an active participation.
“He did not make the money alone. US agencies allowed him access to this money. He had direct relations with the CIA.”
These allegations are not completely new… In 1996, Gary Webb detailed the CIA- Drug connection in an investigative series “Dark Alliance” published by the San Jose Mercury News. Eventually, Gary Webb committed suicide; he shot himself twice in the head.
In 1989, the official US government investigation, headed by John Kerry, concluded:
“There was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through war zones on the part of individual Contras, Contra suppliers, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras, and Contra supporters throughout the region …
US officials in Central America failed to address this drug issue for fear of jeopardising the war efforts against Nicaragua … and senior US policymakers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.”
The commission also found evidence that CIA agents were aware of cocaine-trafficking activities by Contras and did nothing about them.
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President Álvaro Uribe Vélez of Colombia — August 7, 2002 – August 7, 2010 — was a “close personal friend of Pablo Escobar”. In fact, they are related but the former President has dropped the ‘Escobar’ part of his name.
According to a 1991 DIA document, Alvaro Uribe — then a Senator — was “dedicated to collaboration with the Medellín [drug] cartel at high government levels.” (Note: Alvaro Uribe had been the mayor of Medellín when Escobar ‘owned’ the city.
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Juan Pablo Escobar also suggests that his father took his own life.
U.S. INTELLIGENCE LISTED COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT URIBE AMONG
“IMPORTANT COLOMBIAN NARCO-TRAFFICKERS” IN 1991 — GWU NSA
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