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John Kiriakou Sentenced for Violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act

By January 25, 2013

On December 10, 2007, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Intelligence Officer John Kiriakou gives an interview on ABC News in which he mentions the waterboarding of suspected aide to Osama bin Laden, Abu Zubaydah. Kiriakou stated that he was told:

He [Abu Zubaydah] was able to withstand the waterboarding for quite some time. And by that I mean probably 30, 35 seconds … and a short time afterwards, in the next day or so, he told his interrogator that Allah had visited him in his cell during the night and told him to cooperate.

While Kiriakou’s statements turned out to be only the tip of the iceberg, he was indicted on April 5, 2012 for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, violating the Espionage Act, and for lying to the Publications Review Board of the CIA. The publication of his 2010 book “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror” was also a factor in his indictment.

On January 25, 2013, after pleading to lesser charges, Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in jail. He is the second CIA officer to be sentenced to jail for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.