Congressman Criticizes ‘Selective Prosecution’ of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Calls for Pardon

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 4:00 pm

On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.”

Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under President George W. Bush’s administration.


CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Is Counting Down the Days Until His Release

By: Monday November 10, 2014 1:45 pm

Kevin Gosztola made another visit to the federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is imprisoned. Kiriakou was in good spirits and had begun to count down the days until he is released from Loretto to a halfway house in southeastern Washington, DC.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Recounts How Prison Gave Him Wrong Medication in New Letter From Loretto

By: Friday September 12, 2014 11:07 am

In a letter from CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, he recounts how he had a medical emergency in the prison and received virtually none of the appropriate care or treatment that a person should typically receive. The medical emergency also apparently stemmed from a “Physician’s Assistant” (PA) prescribing him a medication for his diabetes that only made his condition worse.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Was Marked Dangerous After BOP Categorized His Crime as ‘Espionage-Related’

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 9:21 am

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, has written a letter describing how he was given a special designation marking him dangerous. This led to him not being sent to a minimum security camp, and he reveals he was put in a low-security facility because the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inappropriately categorized his offense as one related to “espionage.”

New Illustrated Series: Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s “Letters from Loretto”

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 7:49 am

Firedoglake is pleased to introduce a new series that we hope will generate interest and spread the word about torture whistleblower John Kiriakou’s imprisonment. We will be publishing artist Christopher Sabatini’s graphic renderings of some of John’s past and future prison letters, published here at FDL. Below you’ll find his illustration of the first Letter from Loretto, which you can read here. We hope you will enjoy this series!

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Advocates for Prison Sentencing Reform in New ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 11:47 am

Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail.

Imprisoned Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Thanks Supporters in New “Letter from Loretto”

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 1:00 pm

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Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 8:55 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters.

I Asked the Cheneys About Bush Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Monday May 26, 2014 12:17 pm

On May 19th, I attended a lecture and book-signing event, featuring former Vice President, Dick Cheney, and his wife, Lynne, at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. The pair were present to promote Lynne’s new book, James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. A friend had sent me an event listing from Code Pink who was calling for Dick’s symbolic citizens arrest (there wasn’t one, unfortunately). I immediately bought a ticket and started trying to figure out what to wear to hide my tattoos so I could blend in. I was especially concerned about the drunken peace sign on my leg, since we know how these people feel about peace.

Help Keep Imprisoned Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Family in Their Home

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 12:13 pm

John told us that they are struggling to make their mortgage payments now that they must rely on only one source of income. They need help coming up with about $1,500 each month to be able to make their full mortgage payments. Without it, they could be in danger of losing their home.

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