Blog Archives

Kiriakou Sentencing, CIA Leaker or Whistleblower?

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d4072760d970c-800wi
To his defenders former CIA officer John Kiriakou is a whistleblower who revealed the use of torture on terror suspects, but the government says that when he leaked the identity of a covert agent he was motivated by ego and money, seeking to “raise his media profile”.
6a00d8341cd0df53ef017ee7e6c271970d-800wi

In a deal with prosecutors Espionage Act charges were dropped and Kiriakou became only the second person ever convicted under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Also part of the deal was a prison sentence of 30 months instead of the eight years he faced under sentencing guidelines.

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c364385f0970b-800wi
Supporters who signed a letter to President Obama asking that the sentence be commuted include NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Government Accountability Project director Jesselyn Radack who were seated in the courtroom today.

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c36438fdc970b-800wi

WaPo story here.

 

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Courtroom
2013_Blawg100Honoree_300x300
TWITTER @courtartist

Blog Updates

Enter your name and email below to receive blog updates via email.