This morning Democracy Now! reported on Webb's untimely death and replayed a May 20, 1998 interview with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.
In July 1998 the same New York Times that participated in the insideous attacks on Webb "reported the CIA's own investigation of its activities revealed that agency officials knew that the Nicaraguan contras they were working with were running drugs." Webb was vindicated by the Inspector General of the C.I.A. but apologies to Webb were not forthcoming.
Webb's vindication was not noted in the obituaries that I read. On the contrary, Reuter's continues the campaign to diminish the journalist's work by leading with these words:
Please note that in the comments posted to fauxreal's diary there is discussion of Webb dying from from gunshots [plural] to the head. I suspect that the "s" following gunshot was probably someone's typo. I also suspect that foulplay may have occured. Mr. Webb upset many ruthless individuals.
UPDATE: 11:30 am
Don Paul wrote:
Here is a past Brasscheck report on this:
Beyond Harken Energy
An exquisitely drawn diagram called "George Bush, Harken Energy, and Jackson Stephens . c 1979-90" created in 1999 by artist Mark Lombardi shows that through, his father and James R. Bath, George W. Bush Jr. had direct connections to or did business some of the following:
* Sheik Salim bin Laden, relative and mentor to Osama bin Laden
* Sheik Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, whose financial projects included BCCI, S.A. and Harken Energy
* Jackson Stephens of Arkansas, patron of Bill Clinton and other criminal enterprises Lombardi created a number of pieces which graphically revealed well documented but little known connections between the crooks of the world. On the verge of a major career breakthrough (his works had just been acquired by and shown by the Whitney), Lombardi reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself.
Like Bush biographer J.H. Hatfield ("Favored Son) and investigative journalist Danny Casalaro who had nearly completed a book on Bush, BCCI and other topics, Lombardi was reportedly a 'troubled' individual who become unbalanced by the prospect of succeeding at his life's ambition.
Hatfield's suicide: http://www.salon.com/politics/red/2001/07/20/blue/
http://www.constitution.org/col/octocaso.htm The manuscript of the book Casalaro was working on has never been found. Articles about Lombardi from the art world, including scans of his works, here: