Ex-CIA Officer Sentenced to 30 Months for Torture Leak
A federal judge in Virginia has accepted the plea agreement of former CIA agent John Kiriakou and sentenced him to 30 months in prison for leaking the name of a CIA operative who participated in the waterboarding of al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah to a free-lance journalist in an e-mail. The journalist then disclosed the operative's name to a researcher for a defense lawyer representing some of the Guantanamo detainees, who used the name in a sealed pleading, prompting an investigation.
The name was not disclosed publicly at the time, but it appeared on an obscure Web site in October.
As part of the agreement, the Government dropped charges against Kiriakou related to another alleged disclosure. [More...]
The prosecutors said Mr. Kiriakou had been a source for a New York Times story in 2008 written by Scott Shane that said a C.I.A. employee named Deuce Martinez had played a role in the interrogation
It is the first conviction under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act in 27 years. The Judge thought Kiriakou should have gotten more time, opining that he was not whistle-blower, but she agreed to go along with the plea agreement.
As for the Obama Administration's determination to stop leakers:
Since 2009, the [Obama]administration has charged five other current or former government officials with leaking classified information, more than all previous administrations combined.
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