Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Q&A With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou



Kiriakou went to prison after he publicly disclosed that the CIA used waterboarding in interrogations. He wrote about his experience in the new book “Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison.”

Kiriakou was an intelligence operative for the CIA for 14 years, from 1990 to 2004. After the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11, 2001, he was involved in the capture of the third-highest ranking leader of al-Qaida in Pakistan. He blew the whistle on CIA torture in 2007 in an interview with ABC News.

After that, while working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he ran into trouble because of an interview with a New York Times reporter in which he revealed the name of a former non-covert CIA agent who talked about his job on social media. The disclosure led to Kiriakou’s prosecution in 2012 for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, a 1982 amendment to the National Security Act of 1947—a prosecution seen as payback for his admission to ABC that the United States waterboarded prisoners.

Kiriakou served more than two years behind bars. He was released in 2015 and now is working to reform the security state in America.

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/qa_with_john_kiriakou_ask_the_cia_whistleblower_a_question_20170718

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