The Truth About Espionage Act Prosecution Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou
Before I start deconstructing the Indictment, here’s a key to reading the tea leaves:
Officer A = undercover
Officer B = former CIA career & targeting analyst Deuce Martinez (never undercover)
Journalist A = Matthew Cole
Journalist B = Scott Shane
Journalist C = mentioned in original charges, but dropped from Indictment
Facts Not in the Indictment/Kiriakou’s Whistleblowing Disclosures:
* Refused to be trained in torture tactics
* First CIA officer to call waterboarding “torture” (2007/ABC News)
* Helped expose CIA’s torture program as policy rather than playtime (2009/The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror)
It’s outrageous that John Kiriakou, a whistleblower, is the ONLY INDIVIDUAL TO BE PROSECUTED IN RELATION TO THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S TORTURE PROGRAM .
The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA agents who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable, much less charged with crimes. But John Kiriakou is facing decades in prison for helping expose torture.
The fact that national security and intelligence officials have become the exception to the Obama administration’s mantra of “looking forward, not backward” and Bush-era lawbreaking sets a dangerous precedent: if you torture a prisoner, you will not be held criminally liable, but if you blow the whistle on torture, you risk criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act.