On January 25th, John Kiriakou will be sentenced for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. A former CIA agent, Kiriakou has been in the federal government’s crosshairs since 2007, when he disclosed to ABC News’ Brian Ross in a televised interview that water-boarding was an element of the United States’ interrogation of alleged war criminals. He will be the first CIA officer in the organization’s history to be sent to prison for leaking confidential information to a reporter. The transcript of the interview with ABC reads a bit like some of the scenes from Zero Dark Thirty (whose director Kathryn Bigelow also got in hot water with the government for allegedly using CIA secrets in the film). We deemed Kiriakou’s 2010 book The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the War on Terror an “acerbic” memoir, no small feat since government censors redacted the book before it went to press; check it out if you want to know more about the case.
Image of Kiriakou from Twitter/@JohnKiriakou