Webb covered the Capitol for the San Jose Mercury News, and in 1996 wrote its “Dark Alliance” series alleging links between the CIA and the 1980s crack cocaine market. Other publications disputed Webb’s findings. The Mercury News reassigned Webb to its Cupertino bureau, and he left the paper in 1997.
Webb later worked for the state Assembly as a committee consultant, and for the Sacramento News & Review. He committed suicide in 2004.
The film was directed by Michael Cuesta, one-time executive producer of the Showtime CIA drama “Homeland.”