Mon Jan 28, 2013, 07:43 PM
WillyT (71,115 posts)
“I Am Wearing My Conviction As A Badge Of Honor.”
In the summer of 2010, a foreign intelligence officer and offered me cash in exchange for classified information. I turned down the pitch and I immediately reported it to the FBI. So, the FBI asked me to take the guy out to lunch and to ask him what information he wanted and how much information he was willing to give me for it. They were going to put two agents at a nearby table. They ended up canceling the two agents but they asked me to go ahead with the lunch so I did. After the lunch, I wrote a long memo to the FBI — and I did this four or five times.
It turns out – and we only learned this three or four weeks ago – there never was a foreign intelligence officer. It was an FBI agent pretending to be an intelligence officer and they were trying to set me up on an Espionage Act charge but I repeatedly reported the contact so I foiled them in their effort to set me up.
The Justice Department made Kiriakou a victim of a “secret double standard.” As Ted Gup stated in an op-ed for the New York Times, in Kiriakou’s case, the CIA was invoking secrecy to serve its own interests. Gup recounted from experience:
Over the years, I have interviewed many active and retired C.I.A. personnel who were not authorized to speak with me; they included heads of the agency’s clandestine service, analysts and well over 100 case officers, including station chiefs. Five former directors of central intelligence have spoken to me, mostly “on background.” Not one of these interviewees, to my knowledge, was taken to the woodshed, though our discussions invariably touched on classified territory.
To this, Kiriakou reacted:
I don’t think I am overstating this when I say I feel like we’re entering a second McCarthy era where the Justice Department uses the law as a fist or as a hammer not just to try and convict people but to ruin them personally and professionally because they don’t like where they stand on different issues.
I know Lanny Breuer. Lanny Breuer’s my former attorney from the Scooter Libby case but I think that Lanny Breuer became a zealot when he went to the Justice Department and he drank the Justice Department’s anti-whistleblower kool-aid. And I think we see the same thing with Neil McBride in the way he’s targeting WikiLeaks with a grand jury when in fact he should be targeting the bankers who have ruined our country and the crooked politicians who shirk their responsibilities to oversee the intelligence community.
Though he is going to jail, Kiriakou stated, “I am wearing my conviction as a badge of honor.”
I am proud that I stood up to our government. I stood up for what I believed was right conviction or no conviction. I mean they can convict anybody of anything if they put their minds to it, but I wear this as a badge of honor. I am not a criminal. I am a whistleblower. The thing that I blew the whistle on is now the law of the land. Torture is illegal and it’s officially abandoned in our country and I’m proud to have had a role in that.
Much More: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/01/25/cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-sentenced-to-30-months-in-jail-wears-conviction-as-badge-of-honor/
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Response to WillyT (Original post)
Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:46 PM
woo me with science (32,139 posts)
2. "I feel like we’re entering a second McCarthy era...
where the Justice Department uses the law as a fist or as a hammer not just to try and convict people but to ruin them personally and professionally because they don’t like where they stand on different issues."
That's a chilling story.
We live in chilling times...
Response to annabanana (Reply #3)
Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:03 PM
WillyT (71,115 posts)
4. Remember When We WELCOMED WhistleBlowers Back In The Day ???
It Was a Leftist/Democrat proposal... not so long ago.
Does one support the notion that, Iran/Contra... Let Alone, Watergate, would happen in these climes ???
Response to WillyT (Reply #4)
Mon Jan 28, 2013, 09:06 PM
annabanana (48,478 posts)
5. Exactly! Whistleblowers are heroes.
They are letting us know when OUR system need the attention of the people.