Ex-CIA Man Kiriakou Gets 2.5 Years for Leaks
Judge says she would have given him worse sentence if not for plea deal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 25, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, right, listens as his attorney Robert Trout speaks with reporters outside of the US District Court in Alexandria, Va., Oct. 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced today to more than two years in prison by a federal judge who rejected arguments that he was acting as a whistleblower when he leaked a covert officer's name to a reporter. A plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence of 2 1/2 years. US District Judge Leonie Brinkema said she would have given Kiriakou much more time if she could.

Kiriakou, a 48-year-old Arlington resident, pleaded guilty last year to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. No one had been convicted under the law in 27 years. Prosecutors said Kiriakou leaked the name of a covert operative to a journalist, who subsequently disclosed it to an investigator working for the lawyer of a Guantanamo detainee. But supporters describe Kiriakou as a whistleblower; he was among the first CIA insiders to confirm that the agency had waterboarded detainees.

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Jan 27, 2013 8:50 PM CST
I was tortured for almost 3 years by the FBI and their friends only because 85 years old man, Roland, H Sibens(chicago)now he is 88, convinced them that I am a terrorist. I was tortured for working on my prosthetic legs in the basement. I done absolutely nothing illegal or wrong. They thought that in theory it is possible to hide bomb in them. They saw an opportunity to get famous, so they were trying to torture me till I sign their insane story. They tortured me using more than 100 different torturing methods and trust to me waterboarding is not how they torture nowadays. I dont know where to find justice. I think that after 9/11 things got out of control. Freedom fighters became tyrants. In 1945, most Germans had an opportunity to learn about Nazis death camps. I hope that one day American citizens will get chance to learn about people like me, who were tortured with no reason for years.
Jan 26, 2013 3:53 AM CST
They don't give the free leaking Hollywood stars the same punishment.
Jan 25, 2013 8:40 PM CST
Whereas Aaron Swartz was driven to his death by the grandstanding Cruz for making digital copies of PUBLICLY FUNDED research papers.