Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak

John C. KiriakouA former Central Intelligence Agency officer was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in prison for disclosing the identity of covert agency officer to a freelance writer, representing first time C.I.A. officer will serve prison time for disclosing classified information to news media. Sentencing in federal court here of John Kiriakou, 48, who served as an agency analyst and counterterrorism officer from 1990 to 2004, was the latest development in the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on the government leaks. At the sentencing hearing, the judge overseeing case, Leonie M. Brinkema of Federal District Court, said she would respect the terms of plea agreement between prosecutors and Mr. Kiriakou, which called for him to serve a 30-month sentence. But she said, “I think 30 months is way too light.” In October, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act when he disclosed to a reporter the name of an agency officer who had been involved in C.I.A.’s program to hold and interrogate detainees. Judge Brinkema said, “This is not a case of a whistle-blower.” She went on to describe how identity of C.I.A. officer working under cover had been revealed by Mr. Kiriakou’s disclosures, and the damage it had caused the agency, based on a sealed statement from the undercover agent. Moments before issuing sentence, Judge Brinkema asked Mr. Kiriakou if he had anything to say. When he declined, the judge said, “Perhaps you have already spoken too much.” After the hearing, Mr. Kiriakou, who did not begin his sentence on Friday and was allowed to leave the courthouse, addressed members of the news media for a few minutes. “I come out of the court positive, confident and optimistic”, he said, thanking supporters. This week, Bruce O. Riedel, who was appointed by President Obama to lead a review of the United States policies in Afghanistan, sent a letter to president asking him to commute Kiriakou’s sentence. The letter was signed by many others, including former C.I.A. officers. Kiriakou had played a significant role in some of C.I.A.’s major achievements after attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. March 2002, led group of agency and Pakistani security officers in a raid that captured Abu Zubaydah, who was suspected of being a high-level facilitator for Al Qaeda (…..)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/us/ex-officer-for-cia-is-sentenced-in-leak-case.html

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One Response to Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Leak

  1. (NYT GOLDEN PICK) Professor Uziel Nogueira says: Mr. Kiriakou is the first casualty from the intelligence community created during the Bush-era to fight the war on terror. Veterans of that select community must be thinking on how to make money from their secret work, avidly sought by the public at large. Media exposure — through movies and books — is the first step. In the next few years, many more will attempt to follow Mr. Kiriakou’s example but taking care for not being caught.

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