On Jan. 25, Mr. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison as part of a plea deal in which he admitted violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by e-mailing the name of a covert C.I.A. officer to a freelance reporter, who did not publish it. The law was passed in 1982, aimed at radical publications that deliberately sought to out undercover agents, exposing their secret work and endangering their lives.
In more than six decades of fraught interaction between the agency and the news media, John Kiriakou is the first current or former C.I.A. officer to be convicted of disclosing classified information to a reporter.
JUST WHO IS KIRIAKOU?
Following Senator John Kerry's (D-MA) ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, Kiriakou became the Committee's senior investigator, focusing on the Middle East, international terrorism, piracy, and counter-narcotics issues.THE THE NEXT SEC OF STATE - A FORMER COLLABORATOR OF THE VIETCONG, WHO CALLED THE US SOLDIERS "WAR CRIMINALS" AND LIED ABOUT HIS PURPLE HEARTS - ALSO HAD AN AIDE WHO REALLY LEAKED THE NAME OF A COVERT OPERATOR.
KERRY SHOULD BE GRILLED ABOUT THIS DURING HIS CONFIRMATION HEARINGS.
IF CONFIRMED, WE ARE REALLY IN FOR SOME ROUGH TIMES.