iOS app Android app

John Kiriakou

Mouth Wide Shut

John Feffer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It's a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate. Still, it was refreshing. So what happened?

Whistleblowers Have a Human Right to a Public Interest Defense, And Hacktivists Do, Too

Carey Shenkman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

The free flow of information is necessary for a democratic society, and this flow cannot be purely in the hands of government. This is why the rights to expression and a free and open press are among the most widely recognized rights on earth.

Whistleblower: Government Lacks The 'Guts' To Charge U.S. Leaders With Torture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

The human rights abuses revealed in the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report released in December sparked global ou...

Exclusive: Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says "I Would Do It All Again" to Expose Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

In a broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! airs an in-depth interview with John Kiriakou, a retired CIA agent who has just been released from prison after blowing the whistle on the George W. Bush administration's torture program.

New Year's Wishes for the Waning American Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's one of the jokes of our time that we Americans have literally plowed trillions of dollars into what's called "national security" in the post-9/11 years without seriously facing climate change, a phenomenon that, if not brought under control, guarantees us a kind of insecurity we've never known.

Jailed Former CIA Officer Thinks Interrogators Should Be Prosecuted

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

John Kiriakou, the only CIA officer connected with the agency's torture program who served jail time, said Monday that the agency did not obtain usefu...

The One Man In Jail For CIA Torture Tried To Expose It

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

The Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute anyone connected to the brutal torture techniques outlined in a Senate report released on Tuesday, but...

Obama's New Scandals

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How Obama reacts to both the "outing" of the C.I.A. station chief in Afghanistan and the ongoing problems at the Veterans Administration will wind up reflecting on his presidential legacy, for better or worse.

Michael Calderone

White House Investigating Accidental CIA Agent Leak | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.27.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- The White House is investigating the inadvertent disclosure this weekend of the identity of the CIA's station chief in Afghanistan, a mist...

Amend or Repeal the Espionage Act to Protect Journalists and Whistle-blowers

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Isn't it high time to amend or repeal the Espionage Act of 1917 so that it can't be used to charge whistle-blowers or journalists with "aiding the enemy"?

Former CIA Officer Pens Open Letter To Snowden

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

John Kiriakou, the former Central Intelligence Agency officer currently serving jailtime for leaking the identity of a covert agent, has written an op...

CIA Leaker Pens Letter From Federal Prison

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

John Kiriakou, the first CIA officer to be sentenced to prison for leaking classified information, recently penned a letter shared with Firedoglake on...

The War Against Bradley Manning -- A War Against All Who Speak Out Against Injustice

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While brave men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry David Thoreau, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman are lauded as American heroes today, they were once considered enemies of the state.

WATCH: John Kiriakou On 30-Month Sentence: "It's Sad To Me That I'm The Only One Going To Prison"

Posted 01.31.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for disclosing classified information to journalists, gave an in-depth in...

Ryan J. Reilly

John Kiriakou Sentenced To 30 Months In CIA Leak Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Friday, becoming the first CIA officer to ever be sent to jail for leaking classif...

Torture Whistleblower Sentenced To 30 Months In Jail | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The first Central Intelligence Agency officer to face prison for disclosing classified information, was sentenced on Friday to 30 m...

Ryan J. Reilly

CIA Leaker Ready For '30 Years... Oh My God, 30 Months In Prison' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Kiriakou is expected to report to a federal court in Virginia on Friday and become the first former CIA officer to be sentenced to ...

Ryan J. Reilly

John Kiriakou Hopes Aaron Swartz's Death Sparks Discussion Of Prosecutorial Overreach | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former CIA officer scheduled to be sentenced on Friday for leaking protected information said in an interview Wednesday that the suspe...

Commuting John Kiriakou's Sentence Would Be a Step in the Right Direction for Obama

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

Had John Kiriakou actually engaged in torture, he wouldn't be in any trouble at all -- he never even would have been investigated. But because he talked about torture with reporters, he's going to prison.

Does Media Have An Obligation To Bradley Manning?

Michael Calderone | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Michael Calderone

Manning's case hasn't received significant coverage, including the New York Times. That's even as the most serious charge leveled, of indirectly "aiding the enemy," carries implications for the news media.

The Ex-C.I.A. Officer Who's Headed To Prison Over A Leak

The New York Times | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by and "help us w...

Former CIA Officer To Face Prison For Leaking To Press | Posted 03.07.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by ...

Dan Froomkin

Squelching Secrets: Obama's Prosecutors Are Pursuing The Wrong Target | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of Patrick J. Fitzgerald's last cases as one of the nation's most prominent U.S. attorneys may turn out to be a misfire. John Kir...

Michael Calderone

Obama's War On Leaks | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.18.2012 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Obama administration Friday morning continued its headlong attack on the right of reporters to protect their confidential sources...

White House's War On Leaks Imperiling Journalists | DAVID CARR | Posted 04.28.2012 | Media

In case after case, the Espionage Act has been deployed as a kind of ad hoc Official Secrets Act, which is not a law that has ever found traction in ...