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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:26 PM

Ex-Officer for C.I.A. Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak Case

Source: NY Times

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: January 25, 2013

... The judge, Leonie M. Brinkema, said that in approving the sentence, she would respect the terms of a plea agreement between the former C.I.A. agent, John C. Kiriakou, and prosecutors, but “I think 30 months is way too light” ...

Mr. Kiriakou, who had worked as a C.I.A. operative from 1990 to 2004, had played a significant role in some of the C.I.A.'s major achievements after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In March of 2002, he led a group of agency and Pakistani security officers in a raid that captured Abu Zubaydah, who was suspected of being a high-level facilitator for Al Qaeda.

In 2007, three years after he left the C.I.A., Mr. Kiriakou discussed in an interview on ABC News the suffocation technique that was used in the interrogations known as waterboarding. He said it was torture and should no longer be used by the United States, but he defended the C.I.A. for using it in the effort to prevent attacks.

After the ABC interview was broadcast, reporters contacted Mr. Kiriakou. In subsequent e-mails with a freelance writer, Mr. Kiriakou disclosed the name of one of his former colleagues, who was still under cover and had been a part of the interrogations ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/us/ex-officer-for-cia-is-sentenced-in-leak-case.html?_r=0

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Reply Ex-Officer for C.I.A. Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak Case (Original post)
struggle4progress Jan 2013 OP
msanthrope Jan 2013 #1
Enrique Jan 2013 #7
msanthrope Jan 2013 #8
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #2
leveymg Jan 2013 #3
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #5
The Jungle 1 Jan 2013 #4
markpkessinger Jan 2013 #6
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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:35 PM

1. He outed an undercover CIA operative. Too bad the assholes who outed Valerie Plame

didn't get the same.

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:30 PM

7. he embarrassed the government

let's keep it real.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:42 PM

8. I've no doubt. But he wasn't charged with 'embarassment.' nt

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:36 PM

2. But CIA torturers skate

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:53 PM

3. The same small circle of officers at the CIA CounterTerrorism Center who let the 9/11 hijackers into

the country 20 months earler. All of them walked because they were "following orders" when they stopped the FBI liaison Officer at CTC send a warning cable. Who's orders? They were also following orders when these same officers initiated the systematic torture program that involved cutting off the oxygen supply to the brains of selected "high value" 9/11 suspects, some of whom had been working (knowingly or not) with US, Saudi and/or Pakistani intelligence for years.

Yet, the sole whistleblower -- the one who actually gets useful information from Abu Zubyadah about al-Qaeda's Saudi patrons -- gets prosecuted and the Judge wants to sentence him to decades in prison.

The point wasn't to obtain information about the 9/11 attack, it was to destroy evidence and the ability of surviving plotters to provide credible testimony that might make it into the public record.

This whole episode is disgusting, dishonorable and without justice. The kind of thing that brings down once great nations.



See, http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=389&mesg_id=7152632&topic_id=7150302

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:35 PM

5. Yes. He goes to jail for naming a war criminal.

And the war criminal probably got a medal for committing war crimes.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:27 PM

4. Justice

So some crooks go to jail and some walk. The scum that outted Plame walk.

Wonder why if you rob a bank you go to jail but if you are a banker and rob the nation you get a bail out.

Two justice systems will not work.

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:56 PM

6. You are certainly right -- try telling it to the Justice Dept. and Holder n/t

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:51 PM

9. Same article, important to read, more than a glimmer of complexity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/us/ex-officer-for-cia-is-sentenced-in-leak-case.html?_r=0

...After the hearing, Mr. Kiriakou, who did not begin his sentence on Friday and was allowed to leave the courthouse, addressed members of the news media for a few minutes.

“I come out of the court positive, confident and optimistic,” he said, thanking supporters.

This week, Bruce O. Riedel, who was appointed by President Obama to lead a review of United States policies in Afghanistan, sent a letter to the president asking him to commute Mr. Kiriakou’s sentence. The letter was signed by many others, including former C.I.A. officers.

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