The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand last Friday (Aug 18) presented a new documentary on the greatest cliche in Southeast Asian history: the “secret war” in Laos.
In The Most Secret Place On Earth, key players of the Secret War – former CIA agents, American pilots, Laotian fighters and war reporters – take us on a journey into the physical heart of the conflict: Top secret Long Cheng, where the CIA built its headquarters in 1962. It was from this base that the Secret War was largely planned and executed. As the war dragged on, Long Cheng became the busiest airbase in the world and a major centre for the global opium and heroin trade.
Well, at least the club executives said it was a documentary. Look carefully at the brochure, however.