Amer­i­can Made

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

In the late 1970s, Barry Seal is a pilot for com­mer­cial air­line TWA. A CIA agent con­tacts him and asks him to fly clan­des­tine re­con­nais­sance mis­sions for the CIA over South Amer­ica us­ing a small plane with cam­eras in­stalled. Seal ac­cepts.

Later in the 1970s, the CIA asks Seal to start act­ing as a courier be­tween them and Gen­eral Nor­iega in Panama. Dur­ing a mis­sion, the Medellin Car­tel picks Seal up and asks him to fly co­caine on his re­turn flights to the USA. Seal ac­cepts and starts fly­ing the car­tel’s co­caine to Louisiana. The CIA turns a blind eye to the drug smug­gling, but the DEA track Seal down. The CIA warn Seal, who moves to a re­mote town in Arkansas called Mena.

Later, the CIA ask Seal to run guns to the Con­tras. Seal soon re­alises that the Con­tras are not se­ri­ous, so he starts de­liv­er­ing the guns to the car­tel. The CIA set up a Con­tra train­ing base in Mena and Seal flies the Con­tras in, but most of them dis­ap­pear as soon as they ar­rive.

Even­tu­ally, the CIA shut the pro­gram down and aban­don Seal to the FBI, DEA and other law en­force­ment. Seal es­capes pros­e­cu­tion by mak­ing a deal with the White House, which wants ev­i­dence the San­din­istas are drug traf­fick­ers. They ask Seal to get photos that tie the Medelin Car­tel to the San­din­istas. Seal man­ages to get the pic­tures and the White House re­leases them as pro­pa­ganda against the San­din­istas. The car­tel now want Seal dead. Also, as Seal is in the pic­tures him­self, he’s ar­rested.

Seal is con­victed, and given com­mu­nity ser­vice which means he has to re­port to the same Sal­va­tion Army hos­tel each night. Even­tu­ally, as­sas­sins shoot and kill him. The CIA then seize all the ev­i­dence to avoid be­ing im­pli­cated in drug smug­gling. Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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