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Showing posts with label Thomas Drake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thomas Drake. Show all posts

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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Judge Rips DoJ Conduct in NSA Whistleblower Case, Comparing it to Redcoat Raids in Pre-Revolutionary America


The federal judge in the trial of National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake called the Justice Department’s conduct in the case ”unconscionable,”  according to a transcript obtained and released Friday by the Federation of American Scientists.

Judge Richard D. Bennett singled out prosecutors in the department’s Public Integrity section for taking four years to bring the case to trial, along the way turning Drake’s life upside down, then dropping it overnight.

“It doesn’t pass the smell test,” Bennett said in the transcript, published by Secrecy News, a FAS publication.