WZDC News, Washington
|Behind the scenes|
Die Hard 2
Leonard Adkins was an on-location reporter for WZDC News in Washington, D.C. He reported live from Escalon Airport in the Republic of Val Verde on the extradition of deposed dictator General Ramon Esperanza.
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Adkins was first seen on a television screen as John McClane was asking an information booth attendant where the public telephones were located, at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Following a weather report for the DC Metro area, the newscast was thrown to him, where he was reporting live from Escalon Airport in the Republic of Val Verde. He and a number of other press and news media personnel were awaiting the arrival of the recently deposed dictator General Ramon Esperanza, for his extradition to the United States and eventual arrival at Dulles.
The newscast then cut to a prerecorded piece on Esperanza, narrated by Adkins, replete with stock footage of the general, demarcated with the label "File Tape." In the piece, Adkins reported on the tumultuous and brutal history of the general's rise and fall from power.
It is from Adkins's newscast that the viewer gleans most of their information on the barbarity of the infamous Esperanza. Throughout the decade under his control, the General was accused of atrocities in Val Verde, including but not limited to cocaine smuggling, racketeering, bribing of government officials and holding of numerous political prisoners, including the soon-to-be democratically elected president.
Adkins's report also brought to light the General's complex relationship with the United States and more specifically Colonel Stuart. In 1988, the General gained favor with the United States by leading his country's army in a campaign against communist insurgents. This military campaign was aided by American dollars and US military advisors. Colonel Stuart was instrumental in the signing and execution of the military pact between the parties. Complications arose when mounting evidence revealed that Esperanza had violated the neutrality of other neighboring countries. When his funds were cut off, it is believed that the General entered the drug trade, specifically in cocaine smuggling. After high-ranking Pentagon officials were accused of continuing to sell arms to the regime, despite a Congressional ban, the United States became vested in removing Esperanza from power and making an example of him as the face of their war on drugs.
The sum of these actions led to the eventual deposition and extradition of Esperanza, serving as the reason for his transportation to Dulles and thus the crux of the entire film.