Ex-Operative Admits Leaking CIA Agent's Name to Media

John Kiriakou gets 2-plus years in jail

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 23, 2012 1:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former CIA agent who soured on waterboarding has pleaded guilty to leaking the name of a secret agent to a journalist, reports Reuters. John Kiriakou admitted to the single count today as part of a deal that will send him to prison for 30 months. Kiriakou leaked the CIA agent's name for a story on the interrogation of al-Qaeda operative Abu Zabaydah. His case was one of the first in the Obama administration's aggressive crackdown on leaks, notes the Washington Post.

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou leaves U.S. District Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday.
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou leaves U.S. District Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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