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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Editor Admits Errors

SAN DIEGO, California -- The executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News has acknowledged that its controversial series suggesting a link between the CIA and cocaine trafficking was "oversimplified,'' omitted important conflicting evidence and "fell short of my standards.''

In a column Sunday, Jerry Ceppos told readers that the "Dark Alliance'' series "strongly implied CIA knowledge'' that a drug ring linked to the Nicaraguan Contras was selling crack in Los Angeles in the 1980s. "I feel that we did not have proof that top CIA officials knew of the relationship," he wrote.

The series, run in August, sparked a nationwide furor.