Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on the US government’s use of torture under the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30 month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Here is a letter he recently sent us detailing his life in prison.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday May 29, 2013 3:56 pm|
|By: Zach Tomanelli Wednesday April 3, 2013 12:10 pm|
We’re taking our demand that President Obama pardon CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou directly to the White House.
A close friend of Kiriakou has generously offered to deliver our petition to White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough this week. More than 16,000 activists have already signed on – but we are putting together a final push to secure more names
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 12, 2013 7:35 am|
A Navy contract linguist charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act by unlawfully retaining “national defense information” has been hit with a third charge of violating the law.
James F. Hitselberger was working in Bahrain as a translator. A document collector, as Secrecy News’ Steven Aftergood describes, Hitselberger is a “peripatetic collector of rare documents.” In his living quarters, where a “classified document was allegedly found in April” of 2012, newspapers and numerous books could be found. Some of his “discoveries over the years” have been donated “to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, which actually maintains a James F. Hitselberger Collection.” The collection includes “political posters and leaflets that he gathered in pre-revolutionary Iran.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 17, 2013 6:00 pm|
The film, Silenced, profiles Thomas Drake, former NSA employee who blew the whistle on NSA wiretapping.
|By: Bat Country Word Wednesday January 30, 2013 5:14 pm|
I was driving East towards Maryland on the 76 Turnpike and I couldn’t get last week’s Frontline show from PBS out of my head. It had enraged me and mixed my emotions about this trip to Washington DC even more. Lanny Breuer was stuck in my goddamn head. Breuer was Chief of the Criminal Division at Justice and charged with the task of investigating Wall Street fraud after the Mortgage crisis and subsequent bailouts and bringing criminals to justice.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday January 30, 2013 1:35 pm|
Unless we act now, whistleblower John Kiriakou will be the first and only person to go to prison in connection to CIA torture. Please donate $10+ to put this ad on YouTube and recruit supporters from across the country to call on President Obama to pardon John Kiriakou.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 28, 2013 2:56 pm|
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to thirty months in jail last Friday after pleading guilty to providing the name of a covert officer to a reporter, appeared on NBC’s morning program, “The Today Show.” He was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie and, although the questions were mostly favorable to the government, Kiriakou was given an opportunity to explain himself on a show viewed by millions of Americans each morning.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 25, 2013 8:20 am|
John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who was the first to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the administration of President George W. Bush, has been sentenced to thirty months in jail. He was convicted in October of last year of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) when he provided the name of an officer involved in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program to a reporter.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 23, 2013 10:41 am|
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on waterboarding and exposed how CIA torture was policy, was convicted of a classified leak for sharing the name of an officer involved in the rendition program with a reporter. He is set to be sentenced to jail for thirty months on Friday.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday January 18, 2013 2:07 pm|
President Obama has opposed waterboarding as torture since the 2008 campaign – so why is he sending the man who helped shed light on that practice to prison?
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who helped expose the Bush administration’s torture program, recently plead guilty to sharing the name of a colleague to journalists to use as a source. He is expected to receive a sentence of 30 months in prison.
It’s a cruel irony that the first agent connected to the CIA torture program to go to prison is the whistleblower who spoke out against the heinous practices of our government.