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

(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. (Read more John Kiriakou stories.)

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