‘American Hustle’ starts with Abscam facts, then adds fiction
By Richard Leiby
The Washington Post
The massive FBI anti-corruption operation known as Abscam captured the public imagination in 1980 with a cinematic cast of characters: phony Arab sheiks, real mobsters, corrupt local politicians, U.S. congressmen on the take — all of it orchestrated by a cigar-chomping con artist paid by the feds to set up stings.
Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? Activate your account.
You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us or call (605) 996-5514 and we can help you.