Chiquita Brands International says it had to pay off Colombian terrorists to protect its employees. The Justice Department says the company simply made an "expedient" choice. An exhaustive look at the four-year probe finds that neither side is exactly right. Documents, as well as interviews with attorneys from both sides, paint a portrait of a GC and a company giving in to extortion. It is the stuff of spy thrillers, describing veiled threats of violence, secret payments and an excruciating moral dilemma.
Blood Money Paid by Chiquita Shows Company's Hard Choices
November 26, 2007