January 23rd, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Former CIA officer accused of leaking classified info

By CNN's Pam Benson

Government prosecutors charged a former CIA officer Monday with disclosing classified information to journalists, including the names of CIA officers involved in top secret activities.

John Kiriakou, a CIA intelligence officer from 1990 to 2004, illegally divulged the name of a CIA covert officer and the role of another agency officer involved in a classified operation, the Justice Department said. He is also accused of lying to the CIA board responsible for reviewing the book he was writing to make sure no classified material was being divulged.   (A copy of the complaint is here).

The investigation of Kiriakou was triggered when defense attorneys for a high-value terrorism detainee held on the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, filed a document with the military commission in January 2009 that contained classified information about CIA officers. This secret information had never been disclosed by the government to the defense team.

The CIA reviewed the defense materials and filed a crime report with the Justice Department that initiated an investigation led by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Then, according to the government, in the spring of 2009, photographs of certain CIA personnel and other federal employees or contractors were found in the cell of a high-value detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

According to the complaint affidavit filed in the case, Kiriakou exchanged e-mails with a reporter, referred to in Department of Justice documents as journalist A, in the summer of 2008 in which he disclosed the name of a covert officer when asked. The journalist gave the covert officer's name to an investigator working for the defense team on the Guantanamo detainee's case.

Although the name of the covert officer was included in the defense filing, the investigator did not take his photograph because he understood he was a covert officer, the Justice Department said.

The affidavit states Kiriakou also disclosed or confirmed to three journalists another CIA officer who was involved in a classified operation.

The affidavit identifies the officer as an analyst with the CIA's Counterterrorism Center who worked with Kiriakou on the operation to capture and interrogate suspected terrorist Abu Zubayda. Zubayda was allegedly al Qaeda's top military strategist until his capture in 2002 and was one of the high-value detainees who was subjected to the controversial waterboarding technique by CIA interrogators.

Although the analyst involved in the Zubayda operation was not a covert officer, his participation in the operation was classified. Kiriakou's e-mail revealed he had disclosed the name of this individual, including his contact information, to the journalists, according to the affidavit.

One of those reporters, referred to in Justice Department documents as Journalist B, wrote an article published in the New York Times in June 2008 in which the analyst's name and his role in the Zubayda operation were revealed.

According to the affidavit, Kiriakou also e-mailed the first journalist about the analyst.

It was the first journalist who provided the analyst's name and phone number to the defense investigator, enabling the investigator to accurately identify the officer and photograph him. Those photographs were found in the prisoner's cell at Guantanamo Bay.

The defense attorneys used the photograph of the CIA officer as well as pictures of other government employees and individuals in a photo line-up of sorts, to see if their client recognized any of the people as those who had interrogated them.

Kiriakou wrote a book published in 2009 titled, "The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror." While writing the book in 2007, he discussed with his co-author a technique known as the magic box, which he said was used during the Zubayda operation. The magic box was described in the June 2008 New York Times article as "an electronic scanner that could track any switched-on mobile phone and give its approximate location."

According to the affidavit, Kiriakou told the CIA's Publication and Review Board that the technique was actually fictional and could be included in his book.

The affidavit includes an excerpt from an e-mail Kiriakou wrote to his co-author about the review board. "I laid it on thick. And I said some things were fictionalized when in fact they weren't. There's no way they're going to go through years of cable traffic to see if it's fictionalized, so we might get some things through."

CNN interviewed Kiriakou about his book in March 2010.

In a written statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security."

CIA Director David Petraeus sent a message to employees on Monday reminding them of their duty to protect secrets. "Given the sensitive nature of many of our agency's operations and the risks we ask our employees to take, the illegal passage of secrets is an abuse of trust that may put lives in jeopardy," Petraeus said.

Kiriakou made an initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, Monday afternoon. He was released into the custody of his wife and must obtain a $250,000 bond. His travel is restricted to the Washington metropolitan area.

After the court session, Kiriakou's attorney, Plato Cacheris, told reporters his client was informed of the charges only last week and attorneys are still studying them. He expects Kiriakou to plead not guilty to all charges.

Kiriakou is charged with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act "for allegedly illegally disclosing the identity of a covert officer," the Justice Department said in a news release. If convicted on that charge, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison, it said.

He also faces two counts of violating the Espionage Act for "allegedly illegally disclosing national defense information," with each count carrying a maximum 10 years in prison, and one count of making false statements to a CIA board, which carries a sentence of up to five years.

Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

CNN's Jamie Crawford contributed to this report

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  26. America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

    Abolish the CIA! Completely useless. Completely inept. Completely overrated. Completely criminal. Kill all war-loving chicken-hawks. Sterilize their mutant off-spring.

    Have a nice day.

    January 24, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
    • rebiii

      Wow! You do a fantastic job at not looking like an F.B.I. agent. Nobody is fooled.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:05 am | Reply
  27. KeithTexas

    As soon as they shut down the CIA America will have half as many enemies and problems. They are nothing but out of control cowboys with no conscience or morals.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  28. America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

    Good for him. A man of character and integrity. This is what courage looks like. This is what truth looks like. Suck it!, sheep.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  29. Liz in Seattle

    How can this guy have spent 14 years in the CIA with knowledge of electronic monitoring of terrorists and then be stupid enough to send emails that detail his infractions? Did he think no one would be able to find his emails if he put them in the trash?

    January 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  30. Fr33th1nk3r

    He took a vow before he accepted the position with the CIA, and he broke that vow. Pretty straightforward....

    January 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
    • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

      Yup...... he finally got tired of representing the new Nazi's. Good for him.

      January 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  31. Martha

    He is a traitor; I worked for the CIA and we all knew our boundaries.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • Nick

      Thank you for your service to our country Martha. Well said.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      I really doubt a former CIA employee would be so unprofessional (not to mention stupid) as to advertise their tenure with one of the most secretive agencies on an open form.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
      • KeithTexas

        They really weren't that selective in the 70's

        January 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
      • drew

        agreed jack

        January 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
      • vbscript2

        Jack, Not everyone who works for the CIA is undercover. They have lots of employees who are free to indentify themselves as such (including the one this article was written about.) Yes, the CIA is secretive (often obnoxiously so to those of us who have to deal with them from time to time,) but most of them are free to publically identify themselves as CIA employees.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      Martha, his book was veted before publication.

      January 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

      Did you spit, or swallow George Bush's cum?

      January 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  32. BuchCheiyney

    Will they arrest and indict Chainey for the same crime??

    January 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  33. rebiii

    Of course these guys do stuff like this, they are professional liars.

    Any CIA operative, or FBI informant, etc. must lie to people around them about what they do, their agenda, and so on. They have a justification for this, and it may be a good one, but the justification is apart from the behavior. The behavior is that from the time they get up in the morning, a large part of their waking hours is devoted to deceiving other people, and not telling the truth. This is not (I hope!) normal human behavior, and I don't see how anyone could expect them to be truthful in "other" aspects of their lives, if their is such a thing.

    If you lie for a living, it might not seem like such a big deal to tell your wife that you already paid the electricity bill, when you were planning on paying it tomorrow, or to tell your handler that you saw a suspect do something, when you aren't sure that you didn't, or to break contracts that you have signed. You probably would not even recognize these behaviors as dishonest or deceptive; lieing would be such an ingrained part of your psychology that it would seem normal to you, and right, and maybe even "honest" to lie.

    Put me down as not surprised.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  34. Tony

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    January 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  35. Gary

    $100 bucks as to what the next false flag operation will be...

    January 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  36. Tracy

    Dick Cheney outted a Classified CIA operative right before he shot his best friend in the face.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  37. Andrew

    Way to go Obama, not looking back. Very classy. Now that you got started, lets get back to Cheney & Inc.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  38. Jack

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    January 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • RB

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      January 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        Get off the meds. Stick to booze.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • vbscript2

      This is about a leak from someone with a security clearance. Investigation of it has nothing to do with those who have not been granted such a clearance. The government has had the right to prosecute those who violate granted security clearances since security clearances have existed. You sign a form agreeing to that when you get a clearance.

      January 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  39. pod

    I wonder why CNN completely forgot to mention that Kiriakou was a Democratic senate staffer after he left the CIA? If he were a Republican, it would be in the lead paragraph, if not the headline.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Paulwisc

      That's super giant chip on your shoulder.

      January 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  40. cesar

    that why he told the reporter, if you look at the video, he is not man enough to b in the CIA (he is too gay). the way he talks is like a little girl. gay.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

      You and I should hook up. You can be my bottom bitch.

      January 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  41. TarHeelMoe

    The murderer Cheney got away with outing Valerie Plume but they go after less powerful folks. Bush Cheney are criminals and should be in jail.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • NoDEM

      Cheney will order to "submarine" teorrists, not kill or jail the CIA official. Obama staff ask this official leaks the the CIA official name to media so that the hard folks can not kill the teorrists.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Demonhunter

      You have zero grasp of the facts. No one was murdered from the "outing" of Valerie Plame. And it was neither Cheney nor Scooter Libby who "outed" her. It was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell's deputy. Does it make you feel like an idiot that you pontificate in public about things of which you know nothing?

      January 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
      • Glenn

        Looks like you have zero concept of the facts. No one was killed by this either dipshlit but Valerie Plame was singled-out by Cheney's office, after her husband declared the war against Saddam to be based on lies used as the premise for attacking a sovereign nation illegally...it was retribution. And then, he hung his staffer out to Fry

        January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
      • JokeJustice

        Demonhunter, you're right on with that–Valerie Plume was outed by Armitage. Wish people would get their facts correct. I hope they nail this traitor's b@lls to the wall.AC

        January 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • KeithTexas

        Glen you are just wrong and Scooter was prosecuted for being on the wrong side of some other shady deal we will never know about.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  42. str8vision

    I can see where the U.S. government and CIA wouldn't want the names/identities of their in-house torturing unit leaked to the entire world. There may be some people who don't appreciate their craft.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • NoDEM

      Ask Mr. Obama and his staffs. The first thing he did when took over Oval Room is to sign the executive order to bring terrorist to the US soil, close Guate. camp to free those killer and terrorist. So, this CIA official just follow his order and the bug stop at him by design anyway.

      January 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  43. lewtwo

    I Thought the CAI had a permanent way of dealing with these problems internally without publicity.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Whodunnit

      they wish they were mossad...

      January 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
      • Biggerdawg

        Where do you think they learned?

        January 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  44. Tommy

    Give him the same punishment Cheney got........NOTHING!

    January 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  45. Tr1Xen

    Busted punk. STRING 'IM UP!!!

    January 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  46. countrycook

    Is he a Muslim ?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Leslee

      Greek. And so what?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  47. Shawn

    Hang him as a traitor.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Tommy

      Next to Bush, Cheney, and Libby?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

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        January 24, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  48. The new America

    Patriots are emerging, remember their names in the future they will be heralded for their service.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Leslee

      Nothing "patriotic" aabout this. It's MONEY

      January 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  49. yw842mro

    Whatever he disclosed is like a drop in a bucket, when compared to what Wikileaks put out.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • svann

      Yea right. You mean like the fact that Israel doesnt like Iran, and Hillary farted in a meeting?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • umad?

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      January 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
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    January 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  51. nt2050nt2050

    Anyone who had worked for any US intelligence agencies should known that he/she should neither discuss his/her work @ agency nor advertise his/her pass association with agency. I guess Mr. Kiriakou forget what he signed during his 1st day @ agency.
    ... my 2 cents...

    January 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • nt2050nt2050


      "...advertise his/her ****past**** association with agency. "

      January 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  52. KittyKitty

    Is he going to be treated as badly as Bradley Manning?

    January 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • nt2050nt2050

      Mr. Kiriakou held much...much...much...much higher security clearance then Mr. Manning and have access to more valuable raw intelligence material. You just don't mess with agency... period and I firmly believe Mr. Kiriakou will be found life in prison. His family, if any, will have no chance to work for agency.
      ... my 2 cents...

      January 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Leslee

      Bradley Manning was treated badly for knowing, treasonous acts? News to me.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

      Probably not. Bradley Manning is a hero to all who cherish freedom.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
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    January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
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  54. Chicken Sh*t

    This guy was trying to make a buck by selling a book. He is another D.C. zero.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  55. GB Jester

    CNN forgot to mention that he's employed as a Democratic staffer on the Hill. Ooops.

    January 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • dan mazz

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      January 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • GJGVT

      CNN also forgot to mention this is EXACTLY what Dick Cheney did, and he's not charged with anything!

      January 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • flight93lie

        Exactly, how come it got swept under the rug that Dick Cheney ordered flight 93 to be shot down (which the Airforce did)?

        January 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        CNN is a syphilitic cunt-hair above Faux.

        January 24, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  56. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    He peed in the CIA office? That devil!

    January 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  57. robert lewis

    In other words, Kiriakou identified two murderous, torturing CIA goons who should be prosecuted under Title 18 US Code Ch. 113C § 2340A Torture: Whoever . . . commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

    And would be prosecuted if the Department of Justice were not in the business of protecting the overlords from being prosecuted for crimes against humanity

    January 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • umad?

      CIA gets stuff done. You don't like it? Prove that they are guilty of anything otherthan following orders from your precious government. Don't like it? Do something it and get off the internet you lazy pig

      January 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
      • Maude

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        January 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • KeithTexas

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        January 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        Kiss that good old CIA ass. The most useless, most inept, most overrated "spy" agency in the history of mankind. A boon to our enemies since their conception. Absolutely worthless.

        January 24, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • PaulCV

      The real crime is Dick Cheney did pretty much the same thing and got off scott free.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Helmut Scheiss

      What friggin' whiners and crybabies we have here. I'm sure they were treated better than any of the allies that have been captured by their side. Remember, they are not US citizens, so they do not have the same rights and freedoms. They are enemy combatants and I'm sure they were given every opportunity to speak the truth first.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
      • Ifeelyougmoney

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        January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
      • Jean

        It doesn't matter how others treat out people. It doesn't matter who these guys are or who they fight for. We, the U.S., have a moral obligation to follow the law.

        You know, the Rule of Law? We're supposed to be the shining example of this and Democracy and all that's right with the world? This means, for one, treating "them" better than "they" would treat us. First, because it's the law. Second, because it's our moral obligation. And, third, because then "they" don't have an excuse to mistreat our people.

        January 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        Yeah, whatever........"shit-head".

        January 24, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Lisa Jenkins

      Mr. Lewis:

      Are you implying that this left-wing administration is behind this "plot"? The CIA protects losers like you as well as patriotic Americans. Having a dish-towel put over your face and having tepid tap water spilled on you hardly constitutes torture. This jerk is going to jail as he deserves. It is ashame that the loser attorneys at the John Admas society who felt the need to track down loyal Americans and then show their photographs to AQ terrorists will not be punished!

      January 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • KeithTexas

        Lisa, whats your address? I bet someone could change your attitude about waterboarding.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        I'll bet your pregnant, preteen daughters are only as fractionally stupid as you.

        January 24, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Leslee

      And you know all about these "murdering, torurous goons" how?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  58. rad666

    ""Given the sensitive nature of many of our Agency’s operations' -– Should have been ""Given the illegal nature of many of our Agency’s operations"

    January 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • umad?

      you mad that the CIA can actually get stuff done where the military (with way too many employees and funds) gets almost nothing done? Yeah bro, you mad.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
      • utard?

        Da CIA get stuff done. Duhhh. If you don't like it tell you gubment. D.d..d..d.d.d.d.ddduh.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Herp derp derp

        i like cows. waffles galore! whoops, messed myself.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        The CIA are completely useless and overrated. The Gestapo and the NKVD on the other hand............

        January 24, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Mr N.

      Put your tinfoil down, please. The CIA and it's employees, are, by-and-large, beholden to the same laws as the rest of us, plus some regulations that only apply to them. Hierarchically, the CIA falls under the POTUS, and it's budget is dicated by congress. It's juristiction is limited by law, and by presidential decree. It is a vast bureaucracy and a such, it can only be run through rules and regulations. It's not a handful of shady individuals with cloak-and-dagger schemes trying to control the world.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Lisa Jenkins


        January 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
      • Ifeelyougmoney

        Yeah exactly. it's a bloated slow bureaucracy, its not an ACTUAL intelligence service like Mossad, for example. If it were a real cloak and dagger org, this guy would be killed for treason. The CIA is a bunch of nerds sifting through Arabic emails and recorded phone calls.

        January 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • NoDEM

        Well said, folks. Unfortunately, the bug just stop at him because he follow the order from Obama and staffs to recue the teorrists.

        January 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • KeithTexas

        and, what you said is the biggest bunch of whitewash BS I have seen on this blog tonight.

        January 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        "They", are 'beholding' to nothing. "They" are a law unto themselves. "Get things done" – what idiocy. What naivete. "They" are destroying your life. "You", are too damn stupid to realize it.

        January 24, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  59. mipolitic

    well the lawn crew for the white house cannot be that mad at thie idot because after all he is still with us. didn't bush do this to the wife of an ambassador , and gave her identity to the media?

    January 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • J


      But he and his constituents made Scooter Libby take the fall.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • glyder

      i thought it was richard armitage.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Dave E.

      I thought it was Karl Rove, but none of them was indicted for their treasonous acts.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • Youguys R. Killinme

      Let's not leave out that (late) windbag traitor pal of theirs: Robert Novak.

      God, am I ever *SO* not sorry that jerk is gone!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  60. greg

    The CIA did want to go after Cheney and Libbey for outing Plame, Only to have George Bush to give them what amounts to a pardon

    January 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Aaron

      Take this traitor in the back parking lot shoot him in back of the head.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
      • mark

        no remove his eyes and put them back in reversed

        January 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Been There Done That

        Yeah, that makes sense, because America is the land of summary executions. REALLY!? What's wrong with you man?

        January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • robert lewis

        Traitor – you're totally full of crap, man. The CIA goons were the traitors, violating the US Code and the Convention Against Torture, an anti-torture treaty the US signed under Ronald Reagan.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Lisa Jenkins

        Mr. Lewis;

        You are a sorry sod. I suggest you pack-up and move to Waziristan or Yemen where you can commiserate with your jihadist brethren

        January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Lisa Jenkins

      ..as he sould have

      January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  61. mfx3

    Good. Now I don't have to worry about the police illegally monitoring my every movement for the next 4 weeks just because they suspect me of jaywalking one time.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • umad?

      you are honestly not that interesting. hate to break it to you

      January 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • Ifeelyougmoney

      Easy peasy. Just check out a few books on Islam, and send an email to someone in the UAE, and you will soon earn their interest.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  62. Yakobi

    It's pretty predictable that the people who hate America and support terrorist attacks against it are the same ones who defend this guy. And yet, they're such hypocrites–they're the same idiots who called for the heads of everyone in the Bush administration for outing Plame.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • phelonius

      the only predictable thing here is that some redneck like yourself would try to somehow infer that this man's actions are 1) attributable to liberals and 2) that liberals are terrorists. you sir are unamerican and should be deported.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        Like the rest of your Taliban-like brethren, you see in my words only what you want to see and imagine the rest. It must be quite pleasurable to live in a world where facts have no merit.

        January 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • robert lewis

      Plame was an agent. The CIA goons in this story were torturing criminals.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
      • Leslee

        And you know this how?

        January 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

      I hope they turn us into a vast parking lot. Mankind will benefit greatly.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  63. The all potent one

    The inclusion of how many times a prisoner got waterboarded doesn't seem relative to this story at all

    January 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  64. john

    Im surprised he was charged, I though the OBAMA admin would consider him a hero

    January 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • AL in West Palm Beach, FL

      Wait, you forgot what happened with Levi, Bush, and Dick Cheney...

      When it comes to Spy and release of secrets to the public...your party whould play "invisible"...you and party has not legs to stand on.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  65. chris

    how about that criminal levi.
    C.I.A >> Criminal International Agency
    all this is simply a scare tactic.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  66. George

    Have no illusion ... come forward about war crimes committed by the USA and they will threaten your family. Search you home at gun point and destroy any property you have that they think they can get away with! The USA has committed terrible crimes both inside the USA and outside!

    January 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • The Government

      We will be seeing you soon George.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • HAHA


        January 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • yeaRight

      Sure George – all the houses on our blocks are routinely torn up and seized by the gov – all the readers here see the same thing daily in all their neighborhoods too... Routine stuff... Hey, I heard Humpty Dumpty was pushed!! Some government thing you'd know about too – they COULD have put him back together but didn't – he knew something. His parts are in Roswell, NM... Give us the scoop George...

      January 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • TinFoil Hat

      Yes!! Yes George!! Now fasten me on tight – we need to tell the world!!!!!!

      January 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Leslee


      January 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo


        January 24, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  67. joey

    dick did the same thing with his scooter

    January 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  68. George

    Nice way to silence people that come forward about the torture and murder of people!

    January 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  69. Warchild1

    " Interrogators used the controversial waterboarding technique" to this day the media will not hold the government to account. The "Technique" is a torture method. The United States tortures people. Plain and simple.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • George

      Including children to get their parents to talk!

      January 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • DustyA

      If you've never been waterboarded; shutup. Better if you've never been lifted by your arms while your hands are tied behind your back- you have no concept of torture. There is no danger in waterboarding, only emotional. You are not being drowned, only feel that way. There is no way to get thru to you so just STFU George. You aren't deserving of the freedom given to you so you can make feces come out of your mouth And your backside.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • robert lewis

        IF there is no danger in waterboarding (a flat out lie), then perhaps you'll explain why the US executed Japanese officers who waterboarded US troops during WWII . . .

        January 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        Suck my fucking syphilitic cock, you fucking useless chickenhawk piece of shit.

        January 24, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Tom

      Yea so??? Guess stupid uninformed people don't even think that every country in the world has a "CIA" and most of them are MUCH MUCH worse than ours .... get your head out and look at the real world!!

      January 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

      Yes. It's called "Toddlers & Tiaras". What a fucking toilet nation we have become. Our enemies rejoice.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
      • MM

        @American's Greatest Fairy...TROLL, TAKE YOUR MEDS AND MOVE ON!

        January 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  70. Kris

    I say automatic death sentence for American born traitors. You can't really do that with foreigners caught spying because we trade them for our spies who get caught. But...any American born person, especially a CIA agent, or people with extremely sensitive access, well automatic death sentences would make them think long and hard before comitting such acts.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • George

      So what if the acts they describe are illegal in the first place? There are procedures for unlawful conduct in the "secret" courts for this but many people report that the procedures are ignored... It is strange that the USA has "secret" courts as well as the secret police .... but hey .... in a country with the highest prison population in the world what do you expect!

      January 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Troy'O

      That would then include "Scooter" Libby and probably should have included George W. Bush, Dick Cheney & Karl Rove. The leaked Valerie Plames name to the press when she was a covert CIA agent to silence her husbands criticism of the Iraq invasion. Specifically the forged "yellow cake" evidence that was known to be false prior to the invasion.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply

    Sad that someone who spoke up because of an interrogation technique he believed was wrong (waterboarding) is prosecuted by this administration. When he released the info, it was 5 years after the intel was gathered. And no doubt the Obama campaign was happy to use the evidence against Republicans in the previous election.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • VR13

      Nobody said he spoke because of interrogation technique. Read the article. He just gave up an identity of an agent who helped capture Abu whatever his name is. It just happened that later Abu was waterboarded, and the article mentioned it just to refresh your memory of who that guy was. Meanwhile, it is said that it didn't occur to you that by giving away agent's identity he exposed that agend to a much greater risk than basically harmless waterboarding.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • George

      It is a technicality used to persecute the person ........... he made a mistake in what information he talked about............. most people would and this is clearly prosecution to scare other people from coming forward about war crimes committed by the USA!

      January 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  72. nitram79

    You are part of the rebel alliance and a traitor! Take him away....

    January 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply

      her maybe? that quote is about Princess Leia

      January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Herp derp derp

        Right now I want to hit you with a frying pan...

        January 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • nitram79

        The force is NOT strong with this one...

        January 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  73. Stalin Rules

    Conservatives (fascists) should be stuck in concentration camps

    January 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      The same could be said of bigots that think conservatives are fascists.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Bob in Pa

      How many people dies at Stalins hands Mr. Rules.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Bullfeathers

      Very fitting name for your post 'Stalin Rules' considering autarchs who came into power on leftist agendas (Stalin, Mao, Hitler) were (are) the leading users of the concentration camp.

      January 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
      • North Korea Too

        Don't forget Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

        North Korea still uses concentration/slave labor/re-education camps on dissidents and routinely sells that labor to neighboring countries such as Russia and China.

        January 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  74. Larz

    Dude should be water-boarded to find out what else he did.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  75. Nicole

    No sure why Dick Cheney was not charged with unveiling Valerie Plame's identity to his staff members

    January 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • _____

      Because it wasn't Dick Cheney. It was Richard Armitage. The Dems wanted it to be Cheney, but it wasn't.

      And Plame wasn't undercover. She was driving to work at CIA headquarters EVERY DAY in her minivan.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
      • Imjesayin

        Oh, yes, right, Armitage. You mean the fall guy? What about Robert Novak? Scooter Libby (who got pardoned after taking the rap for Cheney)? I'm sure Cheney (The Wizard of Oz behind the Bush administration's curtain) knew nothing that all these high ranking advisers and a reporter knew. What fantasy world are you living in?

        January 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • Phantom Shadow

        Scooter, Novack. Rove, Armitage and Cheney should all be tried for Treason. Half of the Bush White House should also be tried for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Plame was exposed and her past contacts are then scrutinized and our assets compromised. Is it any wonder just a few years later our agents are rounded up. Time frame is about right for a good counter intel operation that was conducted against the USA. 4500 US trrops DEAD 25000 wounded. the bunch are as immoral as the dictator that was overthrown.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Troy'O

        Plame was still a covert agent. She was still protected. She may not have been on assignment overseas at the time but that doesn't change the law.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Alan S.

      Nicole: Maybe because Dick Cheney didn't disclose the lady's name? Could that be why he wasn't prosecuted for disclosing the lady's name?

      January 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • Bob in Pa

      True bliss is always found in ignorance.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
      • John "Johnny mop" Price

        Trying to find an imaginary smoking gun fills the idle time of simple minds.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • Dennis

        True,Bob..isn't it time to get some valued information by reading a bit more?

        January 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Tom

      I agree 100%....he should be in jail along with rumsfeld

      January 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  76. Terry

    After reading the complaint, I think Libby did more to undermine covert operations than this guy. Maybe George Bush can talk President Obama into pardoning this guy. Libby has no criminal record following his conviction for what appears to be the same thing. Washington is a strange place.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  77. nonPCrealist

    execute him.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  78. Larry Jones

    He is a traitor and a rat.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  79. Phillip Biondo

    I'll be President. All Drugs Legal. Free public Universities. Health Insurance for all Citizens. Strong Military. Technological Singularity. Evolution in Biology. Big Bang in Physics. Nuclear Spaceship in the Milky Way around a nearby star with Habitable Planets. Higher taxes for the Rich. Homeless Shelters. Use a condom or lots of Reproduction.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      Except...you can do any of that without congressional approval.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • Bob in Pa

        Why not ? Obama seems to get away without approval.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Senior Pedro

      I see that someone else is also deluded by thinking that the extra couple hundred billion raised over 10 years by taxing the 'rich' will solve all of the countires problems. Or were you joking?

      January 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • NoDEM

        Mr. junior president can do all of these sh .... its without approval. We will all leave on "Mama foddstamps", do not have to wake up early to work, just get drunk, foodstamps, free healthinsurance, free home in getto.... Sound good????

        January 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Lemme guess: still live at home with Mom and Dad not paying rent or being responsible for anything financial?
      Just a hunch.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • Alan S.

        Clever comment, June. Hopefully Phillip made his remark tongue-in-cheek. But the sad fact, indicated by his absurd comment, is that most of us vote for candidates who promise very much what Phillip promised us. Except maybe the habitable planets. AND the real candidates promise to lower the taxes of everyone.

        And now we citizens blame "Washington" for screwing up the economy.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  80. Rusty

    i I believe this is the same guy from the National Geographic channel's CIA Confidential: Pakistan series

    January 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  81. Dick Cheney

    That's what he gets for admitting that we were torturing terror suspects. Let this serve as a lesson to anyone else who would be so bold as to whistleblow on the illegal activities of the government.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      No, whistleblowers make public real crimes. Waterboarding is neither torture nor a crime. Inaffective? Maybe. Illegal? Nope.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • Alan S.

        Guest: Exactly.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  82. Jaxz

    People do you not see a problem with the story. The guy worked for "CIA from 1999 to 2004" but "divulged information about two CIA employees and their involvement in classified operations between 2007 and 2009". How did he know about future operations?????????

    January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Corky

      He divulged the info between 2007 to 2009, that isn't when the operations occurred. It was a poorly written sentence.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Terry

      This was an internal CIA "Get Even Project". Squeal on us, and we will blame you later for WW III.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  83. dreamer96

    What about Dick Cheney and his office members leaking names...

    January 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Senior Pedro

      What was that about a leaky dick?

      January 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Stop talking about Dick's members.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  84. Henry

    I agree that information disclosed to someone that is not of the U.S. should be penalized under death penalty. But this individual disclosed information to the press, a journalist of the U.S.A. This information should have been disclosed already to the U.S. citizen in which our government works for us. The Citizens.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  85. ken

    Disclosure of this information to journalists should require the death penalty! Disclosure of any secret information to journalist should be a death penalty offense and the news journalist should also be executed!

    January 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      valerie plame, need I say more?
      So you're saying that GWB should be put to death?

      January 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • Kraznodar

        GWBush and Dick Cheney are both traitors and should be put to death. They flagrantly violated the constitution and are traitors. Obama is only marginally better.

        January 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Just Saying

        works for me...

        January 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • Bill

        @Kraz I disagree with your last statement.

        Bush at least thought what he was doing was constitutional.

        Obama stated quite clearly in his campaign speeches he thought what Bush was doing was wrong.

        But then continued it.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • Herp derp derp

        @Bill, the problem with your comment is you said bush thought. He did no such thing. Thinking was a foreign concept to him.

        January 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • dt

      You forget their families, going back 3 generations. Wait – we are civilized now.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  86. JAY

    Do anyone believe that the government with its intelligence wing can control the brains of the federal government suspects remotely with its most advanced technology.The technology can make human beings think the way they want it and drive them do things that they normally wont do.I found out that during war times(First and Second World War) the CIA and FBI like agencies remotely controlled human suspects and subjects them to torture to bring out secrets.With all the SPYING SATELLITES installed all over the world , and the network of spying sensors installed all across the USA,the intelligence wing of the government has the ability to scan human brains?Is the night mares some people experiances nights after nighta a result of these brain scanning or brain control?

    January 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • John Richmond

      And man did not go to the moon, and the Earth is really flat, and we have aliens stashed at Area 51.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
      • Alan S.

        John: Aliens at Area 51, you say? Heck, we have millions of aliens throughout the Southwest.

        January 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • dt

      Oh yes they can control our brains – I want a pizza and I don't know why.

      January 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  87. michaelfury


    January 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  88. B1975

    What about all the politicains that got off free with the Valerie Plame leak? Maybe this guy can get a pardon to huh?

    January 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  89. NoDEM

    Betray your colleage and country, deserve a life time in jail folk. Probably, he is working under Obama's special team now they want to get rip him .

    January 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • George Washington

      A left over Bushite that couldn't stop outing CIA operatives.....

      January 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  90. Jarfed

    This is America. Don't you all think we should know what's going on? There shouldn't be any "secrets".

    January 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • George Washington

      Then what's your credit card numbers and SS#?

      January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Bob in Pa

        Nice George, very nice !

        January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • NoDEM

        Ask Mr Obama for government credit cards. He is gving out for free and the next morning, you will know who is your new home owner: CHINA GOVERTMENT.... Good luck folks.

        January 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Dan

      You are such an example of ignorance.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • Alan S.

      No secrets, Jarfed? So we should publish all information regarding manufacture of nuclear weapons? How to manufacture nerve gas? And Franklin Roosevelt was wrong for not disclosing all information about the invasion of France prior to June 6, 1944? Really?

      January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  91. Dick Cheney

    And you have to a Phony President to get away with more!

    January 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Ifeelyougmoney

      And the real Dick Cheney would know all about fake presidents, he created one, and used him as his own personal puppet so he could get at that yummy Iraqi oil.

      January 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  92. stormy miller

    this is all very intersting. but if people are going to be charged with revealing secret information then WHY is dick cheney and his cronies not charged and prosecuted for crimes for what they did. dick cheney should be in jail.

    January 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • dc

      Get over it.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • Barry G.

      You may want to read David Stockman's book, Capital Cronyism. I think you'll find some answers there.

      Stockman recently was interviewed by Charlie Rose, and you may also be able to download the interview.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  93. U.N. Owen

    Have to be a Vice President to get away with that crap.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Godstar

      Or one of his cronies.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
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