Former spy sentenced for leaking another spy's identity
January 25th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

Former spy sentenced for leaking another spy's identity

By Carol Cratty and Mark Morgenstein

A former CIA officer who pleaded guilty to identifying a covert intelligence officer was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in prison.

John Kiriakou and prosecutors agreed on the term as part of the plea agreement he struck in October.

Kiriakou, 48, declined to make a statement at the Alexandria, Virginia, federal court prior to sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema.
"Alright, perhaps you've already said too much," Brinkema said.

She rejected defense attempts to characterize Kiriakou as a whistle-blower.

The judge was bound by the plea agreement, but said she would have handed down a tougher sentence had Kiriakou been convicted at trial.

"This case is not a case about a whistle-blower. It's about a person who betrayed a very solemn trust," Brinkema said.Ex-CIA officer in the news before

Defense attorney Robert Trout said during the sentencing hearing that Kiriakou did not intend to harm anyone or his country.

Trout described Kiriakou as "really thoughtless and really naïve" in not realizing that he would lose control of the information once he divulged it.

"He was concerned about certain practices that were employed in the fight against terrorism," said Trout, referring to enhanced interrogation techniques such as water-boarding.

Kiriakou had initially defended those practices, but Trout said his views "had evolved."

The lawyer said his client spoke to reporters in an effort to keep the spotlight on the topic.

Federal prosecutor Mark Schneider had a different view.

"The defendant acted out of a sense of ego and narrow-minded self-interest to raise his media profile," Schneider told the court.

Kiriakou pleaded guilty in October only to intentionally identifying an undercover CIA officer.

He also admitted to other allegations, including illegally telling reporters the name of a different CIA employee involved in a 2002 operation to capture alleged al Qaeda terrorist Abu Zubaydah, and lying to a review board about a book he was writing. But those charges were dropped as part of his plea deal.

The charges arose out of communications Kiriakou had with two journalists between 2007 and 2009.

Schneider said Kiriakou also discussed the identities of other CIA employees, despite signing multiple non-disclosure agreements which he was bound to honor even after he left the CIA.

Kiriakou served as a CIA intelligence officer from 1990 to 2004.

Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said Kiriakou had endangered the life of a covert officer and "exposed our nation's vital secrets."

Kiriakou emerged from court on Friday, saying he was "positive, confident and optimistic."

He did not take questions from reporters but thanked supporters, including those who have signed a letter to the White House asking that his sentence be commuted.

The judge is allowing Kiriakou to surrender to authorities at a later date to serve his sentence.

Charges against Kiriakou followed an investigation that began when lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, issued a court filing with classified information not provided by the government.

A probe found that defense lawyers got the information from a journalist, who got it from Kiriakou, the Justice Department said.


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  1. kevobx

    Mankind is saying so what, God does not lie *Genesis 1:24 and it was so. *Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof, if not, where, and who is he? *John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. *Genesis 1:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever; *Revelation 22:2 and the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations. *Exodus 15:26 for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

    January 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  2. kevobx

    *John 7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? *Jeremiah 5:12 They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: *Jeremiah 34:17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not hearken unto me, in proclaiming liberty, and every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; *Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (*Lamentations 4:12*)

    January 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  3. kevobx

    God is righteous *Isaiah 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be afraid of the revilings. *Luke 11:45-46 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers!.. *Isaiah 43:28 Therefore I have profane the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. *Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. *John 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. *Hebrews 8:10 I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

    January 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  4. Jacob Gabel

    I was tortured for almost 3 years by the FBI and their friends only
    because 85 years old man, Roland Sibens(chicago) convinced them that I
    am a terrorist. I was tortured for working on my prosthetic legs in
    the basement. I done absolutely nothing illegal or wrong. They thought
    that in theory it is possible to hide bomb in them. They saw an
    opportunity to get famous, so they were trying to torture me till I
    sign their insane story. They tortured me using more than 100
    different torturing methods and trust to me waterboarding is not how
    they torture nowadays. I dont know where to find justice.

    I think that after 9/11 things got out of control. Freedom fighters
    became tyrants. In 1945, most Germans had an opportunity to learn about Nazis death
    camps. I hope that one day American citizens will get chance to learn about people
    like me, who were tortured with no reason for years.

    January 27, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
  5. Glider

    Anyone who exposes torture no matter which country does it does not deserve jail. It takes courage to dob in evil practices particularly when your own team is doing them. If a few SS men had dobbed in what was happening in the extermination camps in WW2 then we would have praised their courage.

    January 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Ben Edwards

      Your absolutely right. It's a double standard.

      January 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • OO7°``

      That is the dumbest thing I have read all day!

      The Nazi's, whom the SS were, would have executed their own that turned on them. This bloody fool only got 30 months in jail and not death from his own government. I am sure the terrorists are glad because now they can kill the American spy.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  6. dotrash

    "The judge was bound by the plea agreement, but said she would have handed down a tougher sentence had Kiriakou been convicted at trial"
    judge appears to be prejudiced and would not have given fair trail , by her comments -she had condemned the guy at source

    January 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • mark chicago

      This judge is probably a leftover fr the bush administration hiring of far right republicans referred by Rove/Cheney buddies, as were the DOJ attorneys who prosecuted this guy. There are many far right wack jobs now at the USDOJ and the US Attorneys office that were hired by people who were directed by the Cheny-Rove-Wolfowitz directives–which was "hire as many young right wing neo-conservatives in federal government agencies that will direct and enforce public policy for years to come, as possible". They laid the groundwork for continued rightwing republican ideals to be doled out by these Bush regime hires .Its causing enforcement and legal problems all over the federal landscape.

      January 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  7. kevobx

    Are you tired, God is rest. *Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy one of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. *Hebrews 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

    January 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  8. myway

    The only issue that matters here, the defendant violated the non-disclosure agreements along with some oaths and other rights he signed away by accepting a job with the CIA. Legally this man is toast. The fact the Obama administration allowed this to go to conviction says a lot about their view about the interrogation issue. That's the only political angle here. The rest of you posters with fantastic allegations are living in the comfort of your colorful conspiracy theories.

    January 26, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply
  9. kevobx

    Feed Satan the truth, and watch him turn on the wicked, for his payment is the Word of God. The wages of sin is death (*Isaiah 43:25*)

    January 26, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • Wimpie

      Come on! If you want to quote Scripture, at least use Scripture.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
    • OO7°``

      Hey Kleenex, get back in your box.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:35 am | Reply
  10. chip stewart

    Obviously bottle fed as a child and agent.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
  11. Basher

    People are looking at this as if President Obama prosecuted the case. I haven't been a big supporter of the president's policies but c'mon, give the guy a break. He is not the player here who prosecuted this guy. The CIA would have shielded him if they thought it was necessary and prudent. They did not.

    January 26, 2013 at 5:30 am | Reply
  12. DickPerry

    So with that out of the way perhaps its time to look into the torture that was conducted. You do know its a crime against humanity and in a war its considered a war crime. So OBAMA stop harboring and protecting war criminals!!!

    January 26, 2013 at 4:47 am | Reply
  13. jkantor267

    They need to go after the so-called journalists.

    January 26, 2013 at 3:34 am | Reply
    • OO7°``

      No offence CNN, but some of the people in your occupation are rotten and desperate for the Pulitzer Prize. The USA NEEDS to adopt the D-notice system.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:40 am | Reply
  14. This whole

    "the Bush administration getting off scot-free when it comes to Valerie Plame" argument would actually make sense if it was the Bush administration who prosecuted John Kiriakou for blowing the whistle. Sadly, it is the Obama administration who has prosecuted John Kiriakou, and all for the "crime" of exposing torture and "revealing" a CIA agents identety, which was actually never made public (even to this day). I know lots of people love Obama (even I want to like him, I voted for him in '08), but it seems like a cop out to bring up the Bush administration when it is clearly the Obama administration that is out of line, at least at present. I also think it's quite hypocritical to turn a blind eye to what a present politician/political party is doing because he/she/it is better than than the politician/political party that came before it. We all remember how horrible the Bush admin was, but pointing the finger at him for an injustice that is being perpetuated by the Obama administration fails to hold the actual culprits accountable. The present administration (while better than Bush) needs to get the clear message that WE will not accept a "war on whistleblowers". (Btw, I am not a "Ron Paul Libertarian". For president, I voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in the 2012 election. Had I lived in a swing state, I'd of swallowed my pride and (cringe) voted for Obama.)

    January 26, 2013 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • Sorry, but CNN

      would not let me post my whole comment because of the word "identety". I changed the spelling slightly and it allowed me to post. Anyway, you suck, CNN! Quit censoring my comments!

      January 26, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
  15. goody

    The whole "Bush administration getting off scot-free when it comes to Valerie Plame" argument would actually make sense if it was the Bush administration who prosecuted John Kiriakou for blowing the whistle. Sadly, it is the Obama administration who has prosecuted John Kiriakou,

    January 26, 2013 at 2:50 am | Reply
    • goody

      and all for the "crime" of exposing torture and "revealing"

      January 26, 2013 at 3:05 am | Reply
      • goody

        a CIA

        January 26, 2013 at 3:13 am |
      • goody


        January 26, 2013 at 3:16 am |
      • goody


        January 26, 2013 at 3:21 am |
  16. g


    January 26, 2013 at 2:44 am | Reply
  17. gg


    January 26, 2013 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • 111Dave111

      goody, gg, g, & 'Sorry, but CNN':
      the problem with ident ity is between 'iden' and 'y' which
      CNN feels is a naughty word.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
      • 111Dave111

        They have a big problem with it because
        the censor/mediator department has no imagination or intelligence.
        The particular syllable is common like "Const itution".

        January 26, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  18. Dianarodriguez

    Hello, I really have to say its really hard for Myself, to mention the things freely about the situation with the Government Authority's or Staff's Member(s), for I have family's of Hers that are victims of Public Society that can be in trouble or in danger if I, talk out to loud to be heard. That's not mentioning the trouble I have Had trying to get someone to hear Me, out with out any interference. Thank You, In Sincere of Your PA Landowner Ship. 2001-2003
    I am a PA landowner Ship, I am an inheritor. 2001-2003.

    January 26, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply
  19. Sarone Kennedy Sr

    Why wasn't Dick Cheney brought before the court of justice for what he did to former CIA operative Valerie Plame ?

    January 26, 2013 at 1:50 am | Reply
    • Rogue351

      Because the higher you go up the food chain with the GOP the less the rules apply. So when you are the Vice President you can get away with a lot more than just your regular run of the mill agent. I am sure Cheney has dirt on all of them and none wanted to open that flood gate.

      January 26, 2013 at 2:12 am | Reply
      • Woody

        A lesson learned from the Libs!!!

        January 26, 2013 at 2:18 am |
      • Dave

        Woody – BS! More like a lesson learned from Richard Nixon. They were crooks back then, they're still crooks today.

        January 26, 2013 at 2:49 am |
      • 111Dave111

        Wood – when reason fails bring out the insults ("Libs"), Obstruction, and no good position or argument.
        Hence you acknowledge your reason is bias, alone.

        January 26, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  20. Joy

    OT. Where's the Like\Dislike choices on this story, CNN? (Only dislike if you register, however – always very balanced and fair)
    At any rate, It seems odd how you sometimes have them and sometimes do not.

    January 26, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
    • 111Dave111

      CNN – never explain, employ biased & uninformed mediators.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • 111Dave111

      CNN –
      never explain,
      employ biased & uninformed mediators.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • 111Dave111

        goody, gg, g, ... the problem with ident ity is between 'iden' and 'y' which CNN feels is a naughty word.

        January 26, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  21. gluonspring

    cough*valerie plame*cough

    January 26, 2013 at 1:25 am | Reply
    • Kate

      I guess this is different 'cause it is not Cheney's office who leaked the info. ....

      January 26, 2013 at 1:45 am | Reply
  22. Rogue351

    Treason – Life in prison.

    January 26, 2013 at 1:21 am | Reply
    • OO7°``

      A waste of money. Execution is the only fitting punishment for treason.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  23. How is it

    that someone who exposes torture gets sent to prison, yet the people who actually do the torturing walk free?

    January 26, 2013 at 12:51 am | Reply
    • Rogue351

      I agree torture is a horrible option. It lowers America as a country to the level of the enemy. However, war is nasty business. Essentially turning against your own country, rather you agree or disagree with an order is not the role of a single agent. People in these positions are trusted not only to protect our county but fellow agents. A break down of this trust is more deadly for America than the act of torture it's self. No plea deal, life in prison. Also, anyone who published information leaked by this agent should be held equally responsible. When people except one of these posts they give up some of their own freedoms. As Americans we are lucky there are people willing to do that so that we don't have to. This man violated not only the trust of his fellow agents but also the trust of the nation.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
      • Nostradamus

        The U.S. has always tortured enemy combatants since the birth of this nation. We were just so good at hiding and denying it, telling the whole world it was wrong.

        January 26, 2013 at 6:43 am |
    • Kate

      interesting question....

      January 26, 2013 at 1:46 am | Reply
  24. FAUXHAWK70

    Only 30 months for risking another agents life not to mention the agents future!

    This was definitely treason and there should have been no plea deal!

    He should have been put in front of a firing squad as an example for other agents who might try something like this in the future!

    January 26, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Exposing torture is treason these days? Sheesh. I take it you are paid to spread misinformation on someones behalf...

      January 26, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
      • Or he

        is just an idiot.

        January 26, 2013 at 1:11 am |
      • OO7°``

        Steve, turning on your country IS treason. There are dictionary's on the Internet that define this in case you failed high school. Regardless of torture being used he is guilty of treason.

        January 31, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Cindy

      You are absolutely right! No CIA agent should be divulging anything to anyone, especially journalists. The information he gave out was then put out to the public in a court case. Since we are a little more reasonable today, I would think life in prison would be appropriate.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • marjee123

      Yep but if you are a VP you get away with it, and it even put the agent's life in danger. And we had to close down an undercover operation that took ten years to build. Oh, and did I mention the VP was a republican, that helped him to get by with it.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:39 am | Reply
      • Rex

        Right we still have Cheany to go after right

        January 26, 2013 at 9:39 am |
  25. dave

    I dont get how this isnt treason

    January 26, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • Digger11111

      You are so right. Let's see how long it takes for this guy to get iced once he sets foot outside of prison.

      January 26, 2013 at 6:04 am | Reply
    • OO7°``

      Like I explained to Steve above, he turned on his country by revealing secrets. That is called treason.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
  26. Rick

    Dick Cheney is untouchable, like the rest of the powerful Bush clan. They can do whatever they want and they did with no repercussions.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
  27. genold

    So the Bush admin outs Valerie Plaine and there are no consequences. No one goes to jail. But this guy does the same thing and he goes to jail. Oh that's right Republicans don't have to go to jail for breaking laws. I get it.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
  28. Top Secret Agent

    Sorry, I'm late. Did they find the entire bush administration guilty or just Cheney? Oh wait, just read the comments...they had a fall guy. Also kudos to bigfoots comments. Funny

    January 26, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
  29. bigfoot

    Too bad Cheney doesn't meet his end in a "hunting accident" where he is on the receiving end of an AR-15. It would be too poetic.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
  30. bigfoot

    You can tell by reading these posts that a significant number of people believe Dick Cheney outed Valerie Plame. Me included.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  31. Treasonous Cheney

    How come Dick Cheney can get away with it but he can't? I don't understand?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  32. hvjhfgh55

    I just got here. Has anyone mentioned Dick Cheney?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  33. Neurotoxin

    Put Dick Cheney in there with him! Let them figure out who gets to be whose girlfriend for 30 months.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • w5cdt

      And Karl Rove....for outing Valarie.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Reply
    • gluonspring

      Now, that'd be cruel and unusual punishment.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:26 am | Reply
  34. John

    He committed treason. Bullet in the head is what he deserves – no less of a punishment will do for this serious a crime.

    January 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Your A Putz

      So when does Dick Chaney the man who got a heart recently get his 30 months for outing Valerie Plain?

      January 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • Kate

        yeah, he got a heart (he needed one 'cause he obviously had an empty space there) and of course he didn't get to jump the line of waiting recipients.....

        January 26, 2013 at 1:53 am |
    • JD

      Riiiight...we aren't in colonial day Europe. Not like it was right then either.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • OO7°``

      I second that motion.

      January 31, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
  35. walkman56

    It's OK for a sitting VP to do the same thing though?

    January 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  36. Ron

    What a bunch of dips!!! Who do you think protects this country, the soldiers on the ground?? Its the CIA, NSA, and covert agency's not named! They plant agents in forign countries and these people live undercover and report activities that they dig up. These people are couragious and are willing to die for there country, while all of you idiots gossip and talk about things you know nothing about!! By what you say, lets try not to let the rest of the world know how stupid some of our people really are!!!

    January 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Patriot00

      Are You writing in American or English

      January 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
      • OO7°``

        I think it is Amglish. LOL

        January 31, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Smart Alex

      A good place to start would learning some rudimentary spelling and basic sentence composition.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • genold

      You are of course, perfectly correct in your statement. That is why those replying to your post attacked you by criticizing your writing style.

      January 26, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  37. Dan

    He's probably not a cooperating member of the globalist agenda (CIA) so they staged a false flag charge on him & will put him close to gen pop. in prison so he gets killed.

    That's how this gov't rolls.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • PreachJohn

      So, the charges and convictions are totally trumped up, fabricated. Without any basis in objective reality. He never actually violated several disclosure agreements, never actually jeopardised anybody's life?
      And himself never actually voluntarily pleaded guilty.
      If it doesn't easily fit in said conspiracy theory, we'll torture it to force fit. Don't trouble me with facts because my mind is made up is the governing mindset of your post.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  38. JP

    Why is it that the least intelligent people are put into such sensitive positions? I wouldn't have gone for a plea bargain were I the Justice Dept – make an example of him – ? possible treason charges.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  39. Pete/Ark

    15 minutes of fame , 30 months in the slammer (OK...FIVE months with good behavior)...then on to the lecture circuit... except the people who think he's a hero don't have the capital to pay him much...bad trade...

    January 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  40. Andrew

    That is weird. Cheney and Bob Novack didn't get any prison time.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Smart Alex

      But Karl Rove did...oh wait

      January 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  41. Laura

    Seems fair. That's what Cheney got for naming Valerie Plame. Oh...wait a minute..

    January 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      My question and thought, exactly. Little guys take in "in the shorts," but the Big Kahunas, or Darth Cheney in this instane get bubkas. This is not only the guy who "outed" a CIA agent but he also thought it was OK to say"F**! You" to a U.S. Senator on the floor of the Senate. Truly one of the great Americans of our day!

      January 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • Keyboardwhiz

      Laura, Very good point. Cheney was responsible for a ton of death and trillions of dollars wasted not to mention sitting down on the job and allowing Al Queda to commit 9/11, using 9/11 as an excuse to wage war and alienate the whole world.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • rick

      I came to say the same thing. Is their a statute of limitations for Cheney for his crimes?

      January 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
      • genold

        Treason has no statute of limitations.

        January 26, 2013 at 12:26 am |
  42. Gen Allen will EMAIL him

    Gen Allen will send him 30 to 40 thousand emails if he is also knows socialites!!! This is what marine theater commanders do. At that level, they call it warfitin.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  43. J. Hall

    Does he still get his pension? I had to work hard and honest to get mine.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • AreYouCIAThough

      I'm guessing you have no idea what sort of scrutiny is involved with becoming a CIA operative. Check it out sometime. I think it's safe to say that Kiriakou has served his country in greater ways than the vast majority of plebes posting on these boards.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
      • Pete/Ark

        10 he was an "intelligenge officer" which is not always the same as an "operative"...sometimes it means desk duty- 2) if blowing someones cover is his concept of "intelligence , that could explain some functional missteps- 3 "plebes"??????

        January 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      You might ask the same question about Dick Cheney who "outed" and undercover agent.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  44. Soldier 1

    Keep your mouth shut! If you have a security clearance KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! It's not your job to make a political statement. Do your job and move on or get out and then KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

    January 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      It is your job to expose war crimes which what he did. He did nothing wrong.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Reply
      • tyuow

        Umm you do realize every country everywhere does things they are not proud of but believe is rite for there country. If you honestly believe everything is black and white your an idiot this world is lies wrapped in lies and if your privileged to know the truth then you keep your mouth shut and enjoy what you know. Theres a reason we have spies jack-nut.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
      • VSMD

        No you don't have to divulge the names of undercover agents to report war crimes! He should have quit when he saw these war crimes and reported the war crimes to competent authorities but instead he betrayed his colleagues and divulged their names to settle petty scores.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      Does that comment include the same admonition to Dick Cheney and Libby? Or just the "little guys.?"

      January 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • gluonspring

      Just follow orders. It's always right if you're following orders.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
  45. Fedgov

    Too easy a sentance. I hope he gets brutally raped in prison.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • mark chicago

      Fedgov....Are u Karl Rove in disguise? or maybe one of the other republican toadies who outed Valeria Plame ..that was a real CIA outing.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • pvs1


        January 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      Were you of the same opinion with regards to Dick Cheney who outed Val Plame?

      January 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  46. newenglands

    How many yr jail time Cheney get? And, how many years Bush get to lie to America going to war?

    January 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Texas GOP

      What difference does it make? Are you a Lawyer or Loser. I get sick of folks talking about upstanding GOP Members. Join the Tea Party and get edukated. G.W. Bush

      January 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
      • Midwest Independent

        Texas GOP, you should listen carefully what Gov. Jindal said today..the Republican Party.... "must stop being the stupid party." The Tea Party drove the GOP to that extreme, and Cheney should have served jail time for war crimes.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
      • Pirate Neahkahnie

        You should learn how to spell before you write. You only get one chance to make a first impression and poor spelling made the rest of you comment worth very little.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • JCDavis

      They killed thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of civilians. They don't deserve to ever get out.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  47. Grahame Rhodes

    Yeh! Right Remember Valery Plame. Bush and the other Republican hypocrites

    January 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  48. Joebin

    perhaps he should spy his way into a salon to get his caterpillar eyebrows attended to..

    January 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • Joebin

      he looks like the love child of clay aiken and eugene levy...

      January 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • Texas GOP

      What do you know about the case are you a Lawyer or Tea Party Loser?

      January 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  49. Clement Arbruster Bodog Castlenut, Jr.

    I don't know much about working for the CIA, but I do know you are not supposed to go around blabbing out the names of spys. What was this guy thinking?

    January 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • Clement Arbruster Bodog Castlenut, Jr.


      January 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      What was he thinking? If Dick Cheney can do it, anyone can.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  50. Patrick

    This is why our justice system is broken. Sure this guy was probably guilty. But still the case clearly illustrates that when people make a plea deal and prevent a trial, they're subject to one third of the time in prison (and often as little as one tenth of the time) that they would be if they went to trial and lost. As a result. Innocent people do feel forced to take plea deals. What would you do if you were facing 30 years for a crime you didn't commit but you could plead guilty and serve 30 months?

    January 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • gluonspring

      I'm not that versed with this case, but in general that is so very true. Prosecutors are, in effect, allowed to bribe witnesses for their testimony and blackmail defendants into pleas. Defense attorneys would go to prison for attempting any of that. What's more, I think it has a corrupting effect on the morals of prosecutors... you can only bribe and blackmail for so long before you lose your bearings.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:36 am | Reply
  51. reply

    Bush's fault and the YouTube video.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  52. JOSH P.

    What a country,Cheney and his fellow criminals outed V. Plane,just because they knew he was a Liar and murderer and nothing happens,this guy is going to prison.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • midwestmatt


      January 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • ohioan

      Absolutely correct. Dick Cheney should be sitting in prison right now.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
      • rick

        getting brutally raped, as a teabagger above hoped for this other guy

        January 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  53. Matt in KY

    Uh oh, a good session of "blame that administration" going on in here. I promise I can name a dozen serious flaws of at least the last 5, maybe more. Let's find practical ideas that these people can use to make better decisions. Other than that, this story appears to be a clear cut case of someone violating a damn serious oath (whatever the reasons). 30 months is less than most (federal) drug offenses. I feel almost no pity.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • mfb

      spot on.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      Did you feel the same way when Dick Cheney did it?

      January 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  54. redletterday26

    I hope he will be ""positive, confident and optimistic." with all the totally reasonable inmates he'll interact with.HAHAHAHA

    January 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • mfb

      He'll end up playing basketball and tennis in a federal minimum security facility with a bunch of white-collar types.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  55. rosethornne


    So I assume Darth Cheney will alsobe reporting for his stay in the big house sometime soon?

    January 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • tom

      No, Cheney will get away with doing the same thing to Valerie Plame.Wilson, thanks to all you "patriotic" conservatives who supported him. Nice.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
      • midwestmatt

        So true!

        January 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
      • Pirate Neahkahnie

        Right on! Whats sauce for the goose is sauce for the Darth Vadar of politics.

        January 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
  56. firenun

    he should of used his secret tacophone

    January 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  57. bspurloc

    Cheney not jailed for exposing Hillary plame.... you know something worse than BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI....

    January 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • sanity

      That's because Cheney was never charged with exposing Plame. Try to stay informed.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
      • GP

        But Scootter Libby was found guilty.

        But W. commuted Libby's sentence, which was incidentally 30 months.

        But I guess since outing our leading covert CIA agent on Iranian nuclear technology was simply a slip of the tongue and caused no harm, there is no reason to punish anyone.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
      • JOSH P.

        Off course,since when criminals charge one another.
        They are all the same bunch of filth.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
      • Howie76

        Yeah but he f did it and should of been tried for treason.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
      • qqqqqjim

        That's because he ordered Scooty Libby to take the fall. It went something like this: Cheney leaked to Rove about Valery Plame being CIA; Rove then leaked to Bob Novak who outed her in his newspaper column. Cheney told Libby to take the blame so the heat would stay away from the Administration and 'W' would pardon him anyway. W didn't totally pardon him, but did fully commute his sentence. Richard Armitrage, who, as Rove's errand boy and scapegoat, actually was the person who technically told Novak at Rove's behest. Please stay informed.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
      • midwestmatt

        He wasn't charged because he was the veep with nearly limitless power to abuse the system.

        I am informed.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • rick

      Iran, Iran Iran teabagger!

      January 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  58. lance corporal

    so they finally prosecuted cheney????

    January 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Know

      Sad that our system of "justice" is so "unjust". You are correct – Cheney should also be prosecuted. As should Broadwell who also has violoated National Security agreements that she signed. Unfortunately those who are close the "top" always seem to get away with murder (or the like).

      January 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • sanity

      Are all liberals really stupid? Richard Armitrage revealed Plame's name; Cheney was not involved. Armitage was not prosecuted because Plame was not covert. Got it?

      January 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Reply
      • Howie76

        Get real!

        January 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
      • Sue Pearlative

        No, Cheney did it – listen to what Wilson said on a TV interview, as well as Plame's testimony before the congressional committee. It's all on youtube. IIRC, Wilson noted that a 20-minute phone call to the press reporter was made by the govt official who had just gotten off a plane ride with Cheney, and the name was published the next day. Something like that.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
      • Sue Pearlative

        And there was plenty of other evidence too. And Plame was covert, according to an official statement from the CIA (again, listen to the tapes of the congressional inquiry)

        January 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  59. Rude

    I thought treason was punishable by death.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
    • Won

      Only applies to hard working ordinary Americans.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  60. JeffinIL

    Who won, the black spy or the white spy?

    January 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • B

      The black one.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Find out by watching: "I Spy"

      January 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  61. plantDoctor

    Hey, your comments about about Chenney are not the issue here. They are given this man a vacation in a prison that will have all the features of a resort. The man , if you could call him a man, ratted out on a fellow member of the CIA. That is what is important here. What if you were that agent and you were in a difficult place and some one in you organization told them that you were there. THINK ABOUT IT!

    January 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • mark hensley

      Yes, Cheney SHOULD be in prison. He outed a CIA spy. In his case it's worse. If you can't trust a VP with state secrets,mthen who CAN you trust. using intelligence people for political payback is wrong.

      Cheney is and was a traitor. Just Ike Bush's granddaddy.

      January 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • marcindc

        So you proclaim a former Vice President of the United States, former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Congressman a Traitor? Mark Hensley, you are an utter moron or possibly a poorly educated 13th or 14th grader. You confuse your own bias and emotions with facts to create your self developed yet uninformed babbling, and then take the time to boldly proclaim your nonsense to the world. The world and issues like these are not as simple as your thought processes and intellectual capabilities. Leave the big stories to the grownups that live in the real world and have critical thinking skills. No response needed...your kind of stupid doesn't matter.

        January 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
      • Stephen Daedalus

        Very true, he really does need to be in a federal prison for his betrayal.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
      • shaysite

        If this guy really did what he's accused of, he should be punished but we should also have investigated who outed Valery Plame. If it was someone with a lot power, that shouldn't matter to the investigators.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • lance corporal

      yeah THINK ABOUT IT you know that's exactly what cheney did!!!

      don't let your team mentality get in the way of the truth and the correct treatment of treason!

      January 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • bspurloc

      never speak up and jeopardize invading iraq under the bush/cheney dictatorship or you cia relatives will be outted....

      January 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Cheney did it too

      So it's okay if Cheney did it to get back at someone, but not okay if this guy did it for personal gain? Yeah, we should throw the book at him. Perhaps he should've just shot someone in the face?

      January 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      Yes, Cheney's actions are an issue here. He had a top security clearance. He knew Val P. was "covert." He was just getting at her husband. Still he DID expose an agent. BTW, Armitage just took a "hit" for him. If it was Armitage, he didn't get jail time either. All one cuddly family.

      January 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  62. Larry

    For those of you that are for some reason blasting Cheney need to check your facts. Straight out of Wikipedia;

    The Plame Affair (also known as the CIA leak scandal, the CIA leak case, the CIA leak grand jury investigation, and Plamegate) involved the identification of Valerie Plame Wilson as a covert[1][2] Central Intelligence Agency officer by Richard Armitage.

    Who is Armitage you ask? A registered democrat originally appointed to the state department by President Clinton.

    But heck, don't let facts stand in your way when you go on your idiotic rants.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • kellys

      You're not really quoting Wikipedia as truth are you? Do some real research and you'll see that Karl Rove is the guy you're ultimately looking for–yes, the one and the same, now irrelevant Rove–who confirmed the classified information about Plame's status for Novak's article, not Armitage, but wait that's inconvenient now isn't it

      January 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
      • Larry

        Huh? Seriously, are you for real? Armitage admitted that he is the one that outed her. But hey, just keep chugging along with your drivel. Your liberal lemming friends will lap it up and cheer you on because it fits perfectly with their dillusional perceptions.

        January 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Cheney did it

      You rewrite history all the time, or just when it's convenient for you?

      January 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Know

      Larry – Cheney was involved and knew – that is what they don't tell you in Wiki.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • Larry L

      Wikipedia? Wow! That's never wrong!

      Do you honestly believe Cheney didn't know about and help plan the leak? Really? The problem with right-wingers is they always resort to semantics and drama associated with isolated elements of each subject. You, in your heart know Cheney was involved. You also ranted to go after Hillary because she was at the top of the State Department when the crisis in Lybia developed. Why aren't you going after Cheney? How about his "special deals" for Haliburton? You know about those. What does Wikipedia tell you about that? Be honest to yourself.

      January 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Pirate Neahkahnie

      The point is and you haven't approached it, that NO ONE, NO ONE got anything for outing VP. Not Cheney, not Armitage, not anyone.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  63. bigfoot

    I say we get in there and dig out his heart and give it to someone that deserves it.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Marcus Willibee

      Its too late, as DarthCheny already got a new heart.

      January 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Reply
      • ogre12

        what do you know about Cheney other than what you have heard from liberal press that you make such a stupid comment?

        January 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
      • Barry

        I think at this point, we all know more about Cheney and his henchmen than we would ever wish to. He is a national tragedy.

        January 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  64. bigfoot

    It is high time we lock up Dick Cheney – or worse.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • S1N

      It's never going to happen for two reasons. First, presidents and vice presidents have sovereign immunity for their actions in their official capacities. Barring impeachment proceedings, which are already out of the question for obvious reasons, there's little that can be done regarding Bush and Cheney's actions in office. Second, the only way around this involves prosecution at the International Criminal Court. Since the U.S. is not a member of the ICC, it would require a Security Council referral for Bush and Cheney to fall under ICC jurisdiction. As we all know, the U.S. would definitely veto such a resolution.

      January 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
      • S1N

        Although sovereign immunity applies to the U.S. government itself, it would not be difficult to use it as a successful defense given that the alleged crimes involved Bush and Cheney's official duties.

        January 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
  65. DamnUfools

    The justice dept will go after the rank & file... but there will be no justice until Cheney does time.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  66. FrmerMrine

    But Cheney isn't in jail for the same thing? Oh, that's right. Cheney's a republican. The rules don't apply.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  67. The Realist

    The double standard raises its' ugly head yet again.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  68. Zwei Stein

    He was just trying to comply with the 'transparency' thing.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  69. Mick

    I think...that if I were Valerie Plame's husband, I would – at this point – just hunt down and shoot Dick Cheney!

    January 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • The Realist

      You're being far too kind.

      Cheney deserves to be dragged into the gutter and flogged.

      That way, he could be punished again, and again, and again.

      January 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • DamnUfools

        Cheney saw nothing wrong with waterboarding... give him a few bites at that apple!

        January 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  70. US = Cultural Marxism

    When will the present and past four administrations go to prison for war crimes?

    January 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Barry

      Why stop at four? This is the real world and nobody is playing by the Marquis of Queensbury rules. Every president has blood on his hands, even Carter. That doesn't excuse Dick Cheney and the neocons. They were the worst of the worst.

      January 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  71. j kelly

    Well, why the hell wasnt CHEYNEY sentenced!?!?!??!?!?!

    January 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  72. Michael

    Next up, Bush, Cheney, Libby and a host of others for outing Valerie Plame.....too bad that won't happen. They all should be hanged in the city square at high noon for exposing her.

    January 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Pete/Ark

      We really need to convince CNN to get a "like" button on this site..too many of us wasting keystrokes saying the same damn thing....

      January 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
      • mercedes


        January 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • j kelly

      or.....forced to go HUNTING with Cheyney

      January 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • Buck Mulligan

        Naw... he only shoots his lawyers in the face.

        January 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • Mariner II

      Absolutely. The Judges description of "Violating A Sacred Trust" fits completely around the necks of Bush, Cheney, Rove and Libby and they all got off with nothing but scratches. It illustrates the double standard but more important what a bunch of low lifes these people are at the core. They should be swinging from the gallows.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  73. harrisonhits2

    This guy goes to jail while Cheney walks free for the same crime.

    January 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Tara

      He also shot someone in the face!

      January 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply
      • potrzebie

        That's right! Plus this week they grilled Clinton about Benghazi, but I still haven't heard any apologies from Cheney, Rice or Bush about dropping the ball on 9/11/01.

        January 26, 2013 at 1:40 am |
  74. lewtwo

    "Alright, perhaps you've already said too much," Brinkema said.


    January 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  75. Ken

    Just goes to show, that if you are the President or the Vice President, or other high level government officials, that you are above the law! We will not get our country back until we take our country back! I just hope that we keep it this time!

    January 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  76. Joe

    Hmm Listen to what the media is "not" saying.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  77. olepi

    Oh well. I thought maybe Rove or Cheney had been brought to justice.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  78. Digger11111

    This guy could seriously get iced as soon as he sets foot out of prison.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • Not a Scholar

      Try turning the TV off once in a while and seek reality.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  79. BelladonnaCove

    Maybe they could lobotomize him and place him in an assisted living facility so he could be slowly put to death with succinocholine?

    January 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  80. ztom

    Loose lips sink ships.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      Thats what she said!!! Giggiddy giggiddy

      January 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • dike

        That should be loose lips drips...

        January 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
      • dike

        are we talking about Dick or Cheney?

        January 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  81. John

    Guess we can look forward to a similar prosecution of "Dick" Cheney.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Let's hope so, John. In fact, the whole rotten bunch on Capitol Hill need to be indicted and prosecuted. especially George W.Bush who knew all the time that Iraq didn't have any weapons of mass destruction.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
      • i12bphil

        The whole WMD fallacy is getting tiresome. You're nothing but a parrot. We went into Iraq because they violated a treaty from the gulf war that said Iraq had to allow surprise U.N. weapons inspections and they jerked around U.N. teams for 10 years. I guess the truth doesn't fit into your agenda, though.

        January 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • Not a Scholar

        i12bphil – You forgot the continuous violations of no fly zones and launching of scud missiles into surrounding nations.

        January 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
      • BigShiz

        And the 5 trillion we spent on the Iraq war was totally worth it. Retards

        January 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • alan

      cheney never outed anybody. richard armitage outed valerie plame,but he was a washington insider so that was okay.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  82. Not a repub's friend

    It will be interesting to see what his life will be like once he gets out of prison. I mean 30 months is nothing, soldiers deploy for up to 18 months in a place where they can be killed from one day to the next. I guarantee this guys gets a nice cell with all the amenities... then when he gets out, cheney will be waiting at the gate with a big fat "thanks for taking the hit" check. Mafia stuff.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • POlioLio

      Dream on, you clueless idiot. He will likely find that he is unemployable in any fashion at all. Not even at Burger <King. Why don't you realize that and climb down off your invisible high horse, and join reality. Reality is anyone with a criminal record will never be hired in the US. That's modern America.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • Not a Scholar

        You are sooooo wrong. Cons or Ex-Cons get work all the time. People with college educations have much better chances of returning to their chosen field. I see him going to work for a security firm somewhere. He will stay in the business. And maybe while he is in he will collect enough information from others that just makes him even more valuable.

        January 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • Sane Person

        Oh Please. Faux will have him as a contributor 5 minutes after he gets his cufflinks from the property desk.

        January 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • gluonspring

      What hit did he take for Cheney?

      January 26, 2013 at 2:09 am | Reply
  83. Kevin

    yes he did, Al. Yes he did

    January 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  84. MR NO

    "not realizing that he would lose control of the information once he divulged it" Movie spy rule #1:
    (smiles) I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you, *maniacal laughter* (solemn face) seriously though don't ask that question again...." (fade out)

    January 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  85. Boo

    Then why is Dick Cheney still walking around as a free man?

    January 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • Won

      Well, if he can't be tried in court, then we should be able to .. you know.. 🙁

      January 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  86. Al

    OJ had a good team of lawyers.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  87. Matt

    Wait...He worked for the CIA and he is described as "really thoughtless and really naïve"?

    January 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Bryceson Cabading

      The CIA is neither a thoughtless nor a naive organization. They employ some of the smartest people in America. The problem is that the CIA, just like the military, is forced to do stupid things by our government. Sure, blaming the CIA is easy- but the real blame is on mindless government politicians. The CIA is just doing their job.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        In fact Bryceson, the C.I.A. is the biggest terrorist organization that the world has yet seen. Just look at what happened in Chile in 1973, the Congo in 1960, Iran in 1953, South Vietnam in 1963, etc. Need I say more?

        January 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • Really??

        I think that several nazi soldiers also tried that defense, "we were just following orders." Neither the CIA, the government and especially the leak have clean hands. It is never black and white unless you are eating oreos.

        January 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
      • NNN

        " just doing their job..." hmmm- echoes from 1945

        January 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • Bryceson Cabading

      wjmccartan, all of the incidents you mentioned were ordered by the government, not the CIA. The CIA was just doing its job. It is the government that should be blamed, not the CIA.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      By the defense. They will say anything, no matter how absurd.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  88. Futurewizard

    What Carl Rove is free?

    January 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Rhetorical question I guess. He should be hanged along with Bush, Cheney, Libby and a host of others for exposing Valerie Plame. I'll provide the rope and build the gallows if that would help move the process along.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • (aka) St. Joseph (borrowed name).

        Michael, sarcasm right? Nobody in the US has the right to execute anybody unless they have the authority to do so appointed or granted by the State agency involved- and that's an ugly issue. AND unless I miss my guess, the system should have already explained that to you in school.
        But, that might become a debatable point in the near future – go figure:) !

        January 26, 2013 at 2:01 am |
    • kmac

      Actually Rowe is being held by R. Murdock and forced to do Fox commentary to throw everyoff. He tried to send us a message by pretending to be shocked when Mitt lost.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Chuck Fulton


      January 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Rude

      Probably counting his blessings the Dems aren't as vicious as Repubs.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  89. Lee Oates

    What a sad country. The sentence is indicative of a police state.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Bryceson Cabading

      How is it indicative of a police state? This guy gave out information that could have easily endangered other people's lives. He isn't a patriotic whistle-blower, he is a traitor.

      January 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
      • Michael

        Out of curiosity, do you feel the same about Bush, Cheney, Libby and a host of others for outing Valerie Plame?

        January 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • Kate

        Bryceson. I hope you had this much righteous indignation when the Bush boys outted Phlame for political gain. Whatta bunch of hypocrits!!

        January 26, 2013 at 1:49 am |
    • kmac

      Well kinda– only we call it the Patriot Act to hide it from America.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Reply
      • MarkinFL

        This has nothing to so with the Patriot Act. (Which I do believe is far more broad than it should ever have been allowed to be) Any time you have to call something patriotic be sure to look behind the curtain.)

        January 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  90. jojo

    lock patreaus up for 30 years

    January 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  91. jojo


    January 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • rosethornne


      January 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  92. 2 Km N of G Zero

    He needed to use Cheney's lawyer if he really wanted to beat the rap.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Kate

      yeah, where is Darth Vader aka Cheney when you need him for legal advice?

      January 26, 2013 at 1:47 am | Reply
  93. Hahahahahahaha

    He's really Clark Kent...............ssssssssssssssh don't tell anyone. Hahahahahahahahaaha

    January 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Reply

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