Source: ABC News
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou was charged in a five-count indictment Thursday for allegedly disclosing classified information to journalists and lying to the CIA about information he included in his book “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.”
The indictment charges Kiriakou, a one-time ABC News consultant, with one count of disclosing the identity of a covert CIA officer, three counts of disclosing sensitive national defense information, and one count of making false statements to the CIA’s Publications Review Board in an effort to trick the board into allowing him to publish classified information in his book. The information was related to individuals allegedly involved in controversial CIA interrogation techniques that some have termed torture.
“Some have termed torture.” Umm, I’m pretty sure the act of nearly drowning someone repeatedly, making them believe they are going to die, is in fact, torture. There is no guessing or giving it a “term.” It’s torture and it’s an extremely poor form of interrogation.
This is what happens to whistleblowers and those who speak their mind. Expose the government programs or publicly oppose them, and in return, you will be indicted for whatever they can come up with.
Kiriakou, 47, was a CIA intelligence officer between 1990 and 2004, serving at headquarters and in various classified overseas assignments. In March 2002, Kiriakou participated in the CIA’s capture of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan.
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