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Showing posts with label John Kiriakou. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Kiriakou. Show all posts

Thursday, January 17, 2013

CIA's Kiriakou To Be Honored With Potrtrait By Whistleblower Group

John Kiriakou never set out to be anybody’s hero. And he’ll be in a dubious spotlight Wednesday when he’s honored with a formal portrait  sponsored by a prominent Washington whistleblowers support organization.

Two days later, he’s scheduled to start serving a 30-month prison term for providing reporters with details about the CIA’s waterboarding program. 

The portrait, the latest in a series of “American’s Who Tell the Truth” by Robert Shetterly, a Maine-based artist who has rendered paintings of civil rights and anti-corruption icons ranging from Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman to Frank Serpico and Howard Zinn.     

The series, Shetterly says, is "dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kiriakou Plea Provokes Bitter Name-Calling Among Lawyers

Is John Kiriakou a leaker or a patriotic whistleblower?  Some rare, public name-calling among lawyers close to the case has broken out over the question.

Some of the ex-CIA man’s most fervent supporters claim the government is persecuting a patriot who helped expose CIA water boarding and the other “enhanced interrogation techniques” many people equate with torture.

The Justice Department begs to differ, of course. It argues the case is simple: Kiriakou “repeatedly” disclosed classified information and the names of covert CIA employees to journalists.

So far, it has been winning. Kiriakou’s lawyers last week lost a key pre-trial ruling when the judge in the case said the feds would not have to prove that Kiriakou meant harm to the United States by exposing the interrogation program to public scrutiny.  

That set-back, apparently, led his lawyers to seek a plea deal with the feds, which one source said might amount to two-and-a-half years in prison. A hearing is scheduled for 11 tomorrow morning in federal court in Alexandria, Va.

[Update: Kiriakou and the Justice Department finalized the deal in court on Tuesday, the former CIA man pleading guilty to one count of illegally disclosing the identity of a covert agent. He's expected to spend 30 months in prison.] 

Even as a plea deal was only rumored, Kiriakou’s most staunch defenders were denouncing his lawyers, which include famed Washington defense attorney Plato Cacheris, for taking it.