Obama’s War on Whistleblowers
Posted by Fredsvenn den januar 20, 2013
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou and Bradley Manning.
A military judge granted a government motion and ruled the defense could not argue motive during the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for releasing classified information to WikiLeaks.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counter-terrorism consultant for ABC News, blogger for Huffington Post, and author. He is notable as the first official within the U.S. government to confirm the use of waterboarding of prisoners as an interrogation technique, which he described as torture.
On October 22, 2012, Kiriakou pled guilty to disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer that connected the covert operative to a specific operation. Kiriakou thus became the first C.I.A. officer convicted of passing along classified information to a reporter. A plea agreement negotiated a sentence of 30 months in prison. Sentencing has been scheduled for January 25, 2013.
In 2012, Kiriakou received the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage for standing up for constitutional rights.