John Kiriakou

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John Kiriakou, as depicted in Robert Shetterly's "Americans Who Tell the Truth" series
Born 1964-08-09
Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA
Residence Arlington,  Virginia,  USA
Nationality USA
Exposed CIA/Torture
The only CIA officer to go to prison for reasons connected to their torturing of suspects - the first whistleblower.


On December 10, 2007, Kiriakou gave an interview to ABC News[1] where he was described as participating in the capture and questioning of Abu Zubaydah, supposedly an aide to Osama Bin Laden. In it he stated that CIA had waterboarded Zubaydah. Later the commercially-controlled media reported that Zubaydah had been waterboarded at least 83 times[2].


On January 23, 2012, Kiriakou was charged with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists. Lawyer and fellow whistleblower Jesselyn Radack helped him with the case. He was indicted on April 5, 2012.[3] On January 25, 2013, Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison. On February 3, 2015, Kiriakou was released from prison to serve three months of house arrest at his home in Arlington, Virginia.