THE GOLDEN RIVER
Updates: 12/10/2017 introduction of quoted text  with Judge Brinkem denyng 75 motions from Dem Now-01/30/2013; added notes section Corrupt. in Crtrm, input from Golden RIver;12/09/2017 Dem. Now/Kiriakou on Brennan - also added to CIA sect.; 12/08/2017 Reader Supported News/Political Film-01/17/2017; Justice dot gov Kiriakou complaint; Al Jazeera-04/2017, etc.;Brief Links sect. expanded;  12/05/2017: added Washington Post-2/18/2007 alt. view on Fitzgerald, Patrick; added Chicago Trib-2010 CIA then-general counsel Rizzo, John - Rizzo mentioned in Mother Jones- 01/23/2012; 12/04/2017: added Mother Jones-01/23/2012 (notice it’s the same date as FBI article reviewed here; corrections/editing FBI article text problems and clarifying/adding FBI article names; Page started 12/01/2017 WHISTLEBLOWERS - KIRIAKOU, JOHN Kiriakou - General Info      FBI article-01/23/2012 - review     Names (FBI article-01/23/2012) NOTES - BACKGROUND Leaks Given Preferential Discipline/Non-Discipline The leaks that Mr. Kiriakou is charged with are tiny compared to the leaking of classified intelligence by the Obama Administration and senior bureaucrats at the CIA. According to journalist Marc Ambinder writing in National Journal, “One 20-year veteran of the community who is now a program manager at an agency said that ‘we all know 98 percent of the leaks come from policy-makers or from authorized CIA leaks’.” http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/02/ishmael-jones-on-john-kiriakou.php Corruption in Courtroom: Kiriakou: Judge Brinkema denied 75 motions that we made asking for declassification of information so that I could present a defense. In August of 2012, after our motions had been denied, my attorneys and I walked out of the courtroom, and my attorney said, “We have no defense. She won’t let us say anything. She won’t let us defend you.” And so, we were forced into plea negotiations.  But in August, when we made our 75 motions, we thought that the judge would block off two days to hear the 75. In fact, there had been a conversation with the prosecution, and so she blocked off an hour to hear the 75 motions. So we knew we were in trouble. And then, at the very start of the hearing, the prosecutor got up and said that he was requesting a Rule 4 conversation. I didn’t know what this was. My attorneys objected and said, “If you don’t want the defendant to hear, at least allow us to hear so that we can represent his interests.” And the judge said, “No, this is a national security case. I’m allowed an ex parte communication with the prosecutors.” So the prosecutors went up to the bench. We could hear them whispering. They came back to their table, and the judge said, “All 75 motions are denied.” And that was the end of it. We got up, and we walked out of court. And my attorneys said, “We have to negotiate a plea.” https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture Comment From The Golden River: (note added 12/10/2017) Kiriakou was exposed to a corrupt court system and agency/regional cronyism which prevented him from receiving a fair trial.  In addition, he was wrongly penalized for leaks involving both national security and fellow agents when his exposures related to criminal activities within the CIA.  Ex-president Barrack Obama refused leniency.  Please pay attention to the various agencies and attorneys connected to criminalizing Kiriakou rather than admitting to their own institutional failures.   Cognisance of these various networks is a vital part of the sleuthing required to help expose the true criminals and reverse the proceedings against Kiriakou.   This website feels he should be absolved/pardoned, penalties removed, and that he should be awarded monetary damages from the government. Early articles connected to case: ABC: Coming in From the Cold: CIA Spy Calls Waterboarding Necessary Torture.  By Richard Esposito/Brian Ross (12/10/2007) http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=3978231 Excerpt: A leader of the CIA team that captured the first major al Qaeda figure, Abu Zubaydah, says subjecting him to waterboarding was torture but necessary.In the first public comment by any CIA officer involved in handling high-value al Qaeda targets, John Kiriakou, now retired, said the technique broke Zubaydah in less than 35 seconds.(Editor's Note for http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=3978231 New York Times: Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation. By Scott Shane (06/22/2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html Excerpt: The interrogator, Deuce Martinez, a soft-spoken analyst who spoke no Arabic, had turned down a C.I.A. offer to be trained in waterboarding. He chose to leave the infliction of pain and panic to others, the gung-ho paramilitary types whom the more cerebral interrogators called “knuckledraggers.”  Mr. Martinez came in after the rough stuff, the ultimate good cop with the classic skills: an unimposing presence, inexhaustible patience and a willingness to listen to the gripes and musings of a pitiless killer in rambling, imperfect English. He achieved a rapport with Mr. Mohammed that astonished his fellow C.I.A. officers. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html Names from FBI Article-01/23/2012 (Please note the regional aspect in that various states were involved):  Anderson, John F. (U.S. Magistrate Judge in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia) Fayhee, Ryan (DOJ trial attorney Counterespionage Section of the National Security Division)     Fitzgerald Patrick J. (Special Attorney Northern District of Illinois)      Holder, Eric  (Attorney General)   Lan, Iris (Assistant U.S. Attorney/Southern District of New York)     McJunkin, James W.  FBI (Separate Page-FBI section)  Owings, Lisa (Assistant U.S. Attorney(Eastern District of Virginia) Schneider, Mark E.  (Northern District of Illinois) Other names -related to case: Rizzo, John then CIA general Counsel - demanded investigation (see Mother Jones 01/23/2012) http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/john-kiriakou-cia-leak-investigation/  From Democracy Now: https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture Judge Leonie Brinkema Jesselyn Radack attorney for CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. She is the National Security & Human Rights director at the Government Accountability Project and a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice. https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture BRIEF SUMMARY OF LINKS http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=397823 [12/10/2007] http //www aljazeera com/indepth/features/2017/04/john-kiriakou-cia-officer-turned-whistle-blower-170427093213752.html https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-charged-with-disclosing-covert- officers-identity-and-other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying-to-cias-publications-review-board [FBI Article-01/23/2 https://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/04/cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-released-prison-heres-his-final-letter-loretto https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture https://www.freespeech.org/stories/freed-cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-says-i-would-do-it-all-again-to-expose-torture/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/30/cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-open-letter-prison https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/07/john-brennan-john-kiriakou-cia https://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-van-buren/john-kiriakou-torture_b_1873965.html http://www.ips-dc.org/ips-authors/john-kiriakou/ https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/documents/kiriakou-complaint.pdf https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture [kiriakou on brennan] http://www.mintpressnews.com/incarcerated-cia-whistleblower-denied-freedom-of-speech/189350/ https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ezzykm/torturer-whistleblower-reporter-spy-john-kiriakou http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/john-kiriakou-cia-leak-investigation/ https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/04/01/the-spy-who-said-too-much http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html [06/22/2008]  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/us/ex-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-accused-in-leak.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/business/media/28abc.html https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/category/john-kiriakou/ http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/02/ishmael-jones-on-john-kiriakou.php https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2017/mar/29/prison-legal-news-interviews-cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou/ http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/41433-i-have-come-to-the-conclusion-the-country-does-not-need-a-cia http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13680 https://www.salon.com/2013/01/25/cia_whistle_blower_sentenced_to_30_months/ https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/26/cia-poised-crackdown-whistleblowers-torture-program-restored/ https://www.truthdig.com/articles/how-the-cias-darkest-torture-secrets-were-exposed-and-covered-up/ https://voicesofliberty.com/ https://www.washingtonian.com/2015/07/06/john-kiriakou-cia-officer-turned-whistleblower-shares-his-story/ http://theweek.com/speedreads/537554/torture-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-released-from-prison KIRIAKOU, JOHN - General Information Former CIA agent,  whistleblower on CIA use of torture Background:  start here The Real News: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13680 John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer, a former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bestselling author. He was recently released from prison after serving 23 months of a 30 month sentence for exposing the CIA's illegal torture program. http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13680 FBI’s approach to the Kiriakou case https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-charged-with-disclosing- covert-officers-identity-and-other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying-to-cias-publications-review-board Videos: Silenced (2015)Three National Security whistleblowers fight to reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror, challenging a government that is increasingly determined to maintain secrecy. Starring: Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, Jesselyn Radack  Books by John Kiriakou: The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies (2017) By Joseph Hickman, John Kiriakou Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison (2017) by John Kiriakou Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror (2012) by John Kiriakou and Michael Ruby John Kiriakou - his personal website http://www.johnkiriakou.com/ Articles on John Kiriakou: ABC: Coming in From the Cold: CIA Spy Calls Waterboarding Necessary Torture.  By Richard Esposito/Brian Ross (12/10/2007) (early article connected to case) http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=3978231 Excerpt: A leader of the CIA team that captured the first major al Qaeda figure, Abu Zubaydah, says subjecting him to waterboarding was torture but necessary.In the first public comment by any CIA officer involved in handling high-value al Qaeda targets, John Kiriakou, now retired, said the technique broke Zubaydah in less than 35 seconds.(Editor's Note for http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=3978231 FBI gov: The four-count criminal complaint, which was filed today in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleges that Kiriakou made illegal disclosures about two CIA employees and their involvement in classified operations to two journalists on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2009. In one case, revealing the employee’s name as a CIA officer disclosed classified information as the employee was and remains covert (identified in the complaint as “Covert Officer A”). In the second case, Kiriakou allegedly disclosed the name and contact information of an employee, identified in the complaint as “Officer B,” whose participation in an operation to capture and question terrorism subject Abu Zubaydah in 2002 was then classified. Kiriakou’s alleged disclosures occurred prior to a June 2008 front-page story in The New York Times disclosing Officer B’s alleged role in the Abu Zubaydah operation. See Deuce Martinez described in http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-charged-with-disclosing- covert-officers-identity-and-other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying-to-cias-publications-review-board Common Dreams: John Kiriakou Released from Prison: Here’s His Final ‘Letter from Loretto’.  By Kevin Gosztola (02/04/2015) https://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/04/cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-released-prison-heres-his-final-letter-loretto Democracy Now: John Kiriakou: For Embracing Torture, John Brennan a “Terrible Choice to Lead the CIA. (01/30/2013)  https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture Excerpt: Kiriakou: I don’t know what changed between October and January, other than the fact that she and the prosecution had had several ex parte communications. What that means is the prosecutors were able to meet with the judge, related to my case, without the defense, my attorneys, being present. So we have no idea what it was that the prosecution told the judge. We were not allowed to defend ourselves. Indeed, Judge Brinkema denied 75 motions that we made asking for declassification of information so that I could present a defense. In August of 2012, after our motions had been denied, my attorneys and I walked out of the courtroom, and my attorney said, “We have no defense. She won’t let us say anything. She won’t let us defend you.” And so, we were forced into plea negotiations. But again, I’m not sure why the judge changed her position between October and January; it was inexplicable to me. https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture Free Speech dot org -Dem. Now:  I would do it all again (02/092015) https://www.freespeech.org/stories/freed-cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-says-i-would-do-it-all-again-to-expose-torture/ The Guardian: John Brennan and John Kiriakou: how to get ahead in the CIA, and how not to.  By Amy Goodman (02/07/2013) Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on CIA waterboarding, goes to prison, while Brennan, who approved it, is set to lead the agency https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/07/john-brennan-john-kiriakou-cia TOpen Letter-Prison. By Ed Pilkington (02/07/2013; 05/2013):  see Shadowproof https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/30/cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-open-letter-prison https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/07/john-brennan-john-kiriakou-cia Excerpt: John Kiriakou spent 14 years at the CIA as an analyst and a case officer. In 2002, he led the team that found Abu Zubaydah, alleged to be a high-ranking member of al-Qaida. Kiriakou was the first to publicly confirm the use of waterboarding by the CIA, in a 2007 interview with ABC's Brian Ross. He told Ross:  "At the time, I felt that waterboarding was something that we needed to do … I think I've changed my mind, and I think that waterboarding is probably something that we shouldn't be in the business of doing."  Kiriakou says he found the "enhanced interrogation techniques" immoral, and declined to be trained to use them. Since the interview, it has become known that Zubaydah was waterboarded at least 83 times, and that he provided no useful information as a result. He remains imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, without charge. Kiriakou will soon start serving his 30- month prison sentence, but not for disclosing anything about waterboarding. He pled guilty to disclosing the name of a former CIA interrogator to a journalist, with information that the interrogator himself had posted to a publicly available website. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/07/john-brennan-john-kiriakou-cia IPS-DC http://www.ips-dc.org/ips-authors/john-kiriakou/ Excerpt:  John Kiriakou is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow. He writes a weekly column distributed by the Institute’s OtherWords editorial service that runs in newspapers and online media outlets. http://www.ips-dc.org/ips-authors/john-kiriakou/ IPS, Institute for Policy Studies: http://www.ips-dc.org/ips-authors/john-kiriakou/ Excerpt: In 2012, Kiriakou was honored with the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, an award given to individuals who “advance truth and justice despite the personal risk it creates,” and by the inclusion of his portrait in artist Robert Shetterly’s series Americans Who Tell the Truth, which features notable truth-tellers throughout American history. He was later named “Peacemaker of the Year” by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, California. http://www.ips-dc.org/ips-authors/john-kiriakou/ Justice dot gov: https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/documents/kiriakou-complaint.pdf Mother Jones: John Kiriakou - Real Story Behind Obama’s Latest Leak Crackdown. By Nick Baumann/Asawin Suebsaengjan (01/23/2012) How a mysterious discovery in a Gitmo detainee’s cell led to the prosecution of the ex-CIA officer. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/john-kiriakou-cia-leak-investigation/ The New Yorker: The Spy Who Said Too Much. By Steve COll. (04/01/2013) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/04/01/the-spy-who-said-too-much Excerpt: He helped reporters develop a number of revealing articles about the agency’s interrogation program. Last April, the Justice Department charged him with illegally providing the names of C.I.A. officers and other classified information to two journalists, including Scott Shane, of the Times, and Matthew Cole, a freelance reporter. In October, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to one felony count, and became the first C.I.A. officer ever to be convicted of disclosing classified information to the press. On January 25th, he was sentenced to thirty months in prison, and in late February he entered the Federal Correctional Institute in Loretto, Pennsylvania. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/04/01/the-spy-who-said-too-much NY Times: Ex-Officer Is First From C.I.A. to Face Prison for a Leak. By Scott Shane (01/05/2013) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/us/former-cia-officer-is-the-first-to-face-prison-for-a-classified- leak.html?pagewanted=all&mcubz Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation. By Scott Shane (06/22/2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html Excerpt: The interrogator, Deuce Martinez, a soft-spoken analyst who spoke no Arabic, had turned down a C.I.A. offer to be trained in waterboarding. He chose to leave the infliction of pain and panic to others, the gung-ho paramilitary types whom the more cerebral interrogators called “knuckledraggers.”  Mr. Martinez came in after the rough stuff, the ultimate good cop with the classic skills: an unimposing presence, inexhaustible patience and a willingness to listen to the gripes and musings of a pitiless killer in rambling, imperfect English. He achieved a rapport with Mr. Mohammed that astonished his fellow C.I.A. officers. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html Political Film ex-CIA John Kiriakou: Get Rid of CIA January 17, 2017 in -, John Kiriakou https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/category/john-kiriakou/ Excerpt: The Country Does Not Need a CIA One of those real issues is that the CIA has consistently lied to the American people for many, many years. Why would Trump conclude that Brennan was spouting fake news? Well, in the past 15 years, the CIA said that it was not torturing its prisoners. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not created an archipelago of secret prisons where it was holding hundreds of people, including innocent civilians. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not created and used a dungeon torture center called the “Salt Pit” in Afghanistan. That was a lie. The CIA said that it was not sending prisoners to third world countries to undergo torture with a wink and a nod from the CIA’s leadership. That was a lie. The CIA said that it had not hacked into computers belonging to investigators of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence while they were writing the definitive report on the CIA torture program. That was a lie. I won’t even get into CIA protestations that it hasn’t overthrown governments, influenced elections, committed assassinations, or otherwise mucked up U.S. foreign policy since the late 1940s. https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/category/john-kiriakou/ Prison Legal News: Prison Legal News Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou - Full Interview (03/29/2017) https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2017/mar/29/prison-legal-news-interviews-cia-whistleblower-john-kiriakou/ Reader Supported News: I Have Come to the Conclusion the Country Does Not Need a CIA By John Kiriakou, 01/17/2017 http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/41433-i-have-come-to-the-conclusion-the-country-does-not-need-a-cia Salon: CIA whistleblower sentenced to 30_months. By  Natasha Lennerd (01/25/2013) https://www.salon.com/2013/01/25/cia_whistle_blower_sentenced_to_30_months/ The Real News:  This is a major series on Reality Aserts Itself regarding John Kiriakou - well worth watching. How I Joined the CIA - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (2/10)  (04/17/2015) Mr. Kiriakou tells Paul Jay about being recruited to join the CIA in university http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13680 My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain Ignored by State Department (04/19/2015) John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10) On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou tells Paul Jay that from Iraq to Bahrain, it was becoming clear to him that commercial interest, particularly arms sales, was driving U.S. policy in the Middle East http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13688 A Tortured Truth - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10) (05/04/2015) On Reality Asserts Itself, Former CIA official John Kiriakou described his time as head of counter terrorism in Pakistan and the lie about the torture of Abu Zubaydah http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13789 Why I Was Targeted by the CIA - John Kiriakou on RAI (9/10) (05/06/2015) On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou explains how the CIA opened a criminal file on him when he was the first CIA official to publicly acknowledge torture was a policy; they stepped up their effort to charge him when he began investigating possible CIA complicity in war crimes in Afghanistan http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13801 They Won't Shut Me Up - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (10/10) (05/08/2010) On Reality Asserts Itself, former CIA official John Kiriakou says: "if they thought this would shut me up, they don't know me at all, because now I've devoted my life to fighting them." http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13824O CIA Torture Architects Settle With Victims to Avoid Trial.  (08/17/2017) Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA's torture program, have reached a historic settlement in the case of three victims. John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who went to prison for exposing the torture program, says the duo settled to avoid accountability. (photo: ACLU) http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=19801 Shadowproof: https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/26/cia-poised-crackdown-whistleblowers-torture-program-restored/ Excerpt:  When George W. Bush was president, CIA officer John Kiriakou was the first member of the agency to publicly confirm that waterboarding was official U.S. policy. He believed the CIA was not authorized under the law to torture Abu Zubaydah. In response, Kiriakou was targeted by the Justice Department and pled guilty to confirming the name of an agent involved in the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program to a reporter in violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.  Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2013. He was jailed at a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania, over one hundred miles away from his wife and five children. He had to mortgage his house, and his livelihood was utterly destroyed.  “There’s literally nowhere that a CIA whistleblower can go other than the press, and that invites an Espionage Act charge,”  Kiriakou told Shadowproof. “If you want to blow the whistle, you have to blow the whistle to the Office Of Inspector General or the Office of General Counsel.”  If the Inspector General is not read into a program or policy, then an employee may be guilty of violating the “need-to-know principle.” And, “With these new rules, as they sound to me, the Inspector General’s Office would be compelled to report the fact that an employee had gone to that office to report wrongdoing.”  Kiriakou also found it naive of Pompeo to suggest the CIA would properly consider intent. When he was prosecuted, Judge Leonie Brinkema said intent was irrelevant. Either he leaked the information or not, and if he leaked the information, he deserved prosecution. The Justice Department took full advantage of that position. https://shadowproof.com/2017/01/26/cia-poised-crackdown-whistleblowers-torture-program-restored/ Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens Letter From Loretto (2013) https://shadowproof.com/2013/05/29/imprisoned-cia-torture-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-pens-letter-from-loretto/ Truthdig:  How the CIA’s Darkest Torture Secrets Were Exposed and Covered Up. By John Kiriakou (09/11/2016) https://www.truthdig.com/articles/how-the-cias-darkest-torture-secrets-were-exposed-and-covered-up/ Voices of Liberty:  Note from The Golden RIver:  this is also excellent and well worth viewing https://voicesofliberty.com/ CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Part 3: Officials Were 'Lying' to Cover Up Torture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y75wuZWRjBw CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Part 4: Prosecuting CIA Officers for Torture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWmYMg8dQq0 CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Part 5: 'Enhanced Interrogation' and Torture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Ep15MWzdg CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Part 6: Using the Law to Silence Dissent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1GqVF37IjY Washingtonian:  John Kiriakou CIA Officer Turned Whistleblower Shares His Story. By Natalia Megas (07/06/2015) https://www.washingtonian.com/2015/07/06/john-kiriakou-cia-officer-turned-whistleblower-shares-his-story/ The Week: Torture whistleblower John Kiriakou released from prison. February 4, 2015 http://theweek.com/speedreads/537554/torture-whistleblower-john-kiriakou-released-from-prison FBI and CIA response to whistleblowers of the CIA’s use of torture - AG Eric Holder, FBI website/case The FBI, CIA, Department of Justice and others lied, mishandled, evaded the truth and thwarted justice in the issues surrounding CIA torture.  An ex-CIA agent getting the truth out through the media or anywhere else about CIA torture should not have had to push the barrel uphill and should not have been punished in any way.   His name and record should be cleared. A public apology by the American government should be demanded.    The FBI website depicting one case reveals a good deal.  The FBI lays open its bias and overall orientation.  It also reveals some of the inconsistencies in the attorney general who pushed for punishing one whistleblower but later seems to have received some credit for pushing for reform.  Follow the path of AG Eric Holder - a black Attorney General: “Eric Himpton Holder Jr. served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, from 2009 to 2015. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, was the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder  Holder indicated: “Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Today’s charges reinforce the Justice Department’s commitment to hold accountable anyone who would violate the solemn duty not to disclose such sensitive information.” https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-charged-with-disclosing-covert- officers-identity-and-other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying-to-cias-publications-review-board ARTICLE FBI (01/23/2012) Referencing: FBI dot gov: https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-charged-with-disclosing- covert-officers-identity-and-other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying-to-cias-publications-review-board Other Articles: New York Times: Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation. By Scott Shane (06/22/2008)        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/22/washington/22ksm.html Settlement Reached in C.I.A. Torture Case (08/17/2017) later lawsuit following FBI article https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/us/cia-torture-lawsuit- settlement.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FC.I.A.%20Interrogations&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=s tream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection FBI website – Washington Field Office 2012 January 23 Background: Even though this FBI article was back in Jan 2012 – (as of this date of 12/01/2017, close to 6 years ago) there are loose threads and interweaving names in networks which should still be reviewed and focused on. Notice that a general thrust in the FBI article is in response to classified defense filing – defense discussed in this FBI article refers to that which was for the detainees in CIA prisons – not to be confused with Department of Defense, military defense in general or legal defense for the CIA; a detainee defense file was created which spurred an investigation for the defense which included information and evidence gathering – including photos.  This in turn spurred a file and investigation on the part of the CIA to investigate how the detainee defense got hold of enough info to know what to do (what to focus on) to provide evidence that the detainees were being abused.  Notice, however,  how this FBI report is detached from mentioning the word “torture” or giving any sign of governmental complicity with its negative acts in CIA prisons; the focus is entirely on security violations and “lies of trickery” by John Kiriakou. These security violations focus on his revelations of government secrets: names and activities. Because the tone of the FBI report is so slanted, we need to follow the trail of various people who are associated with its “team.”  Notice the trail of attorney assistants across various states around the Washington area, for example.  Notice how the Justice Department is acting like a policing agency itself – both policing and judging. Organizations, agencies, divisions, programs Washington Field Office Justice Department National Security Division of Justice Dept. RDI Air Force Office of Special Investigations Publication Review Board of CIA – regarding Kiriakou’s then upcoming book NAMES FBI ARTICLE-01/23/2012  same list as in menu at top of page, usable for this section which goes into more detail per name-this might take awhile to develop. (Please note the regional aspect in that various states were involved):  Anderson, John F. (U.S. Magistrate Judge in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia) Fayhee, Ryan (DOJ trial attorney Counterespionage Section of the National Security Division)     Fitzgerald Patrick J. (Special Attorney Northern District of Illinois)      Holder, Eric  (Attorney General)    Lan, Iris (Assistant U.S. Attorney/Southern District of New York)     McJunkin, James W.  FBI (Separate Page-FBI section)  Owings, Lisa (Assistant U.S. Attorney(Eastern District of Virginia) Schneider, Mark E.  (Northern District of Illinois) Other names -related to FBI Article (12/23/2012) Rizzo, John then CIA general Counsel - demanded investigation (see Mother Jones 01/23/2012) Names From Democracy Now: https://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/30/whistleblower_john_kiriakou_for_embracing_torture Judge Leonie Brinkema     Attorneys  Fitzgerald Patrick J.   (Special Attorney Northern District of Illinois) From article: United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, who was appointed Special Attorney in 2010 to supervise the investigation, said: “I want to thank the Washington Field Office of the FBI and the team of attorneys assigned to this matter for their hard work and dedication to tracing the sources of the leaks of classified information.” Mr. Fitzgerald announced the charges with James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and they thanked the Central Intelligence Agency for its very substantial assistance in the investigation, as well as the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for its significant assistance. From Mother Jones: Then the Obama administration called in famed US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who handled the Plame investigation and prosecuted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, to take over the probe http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/john-kiriakou-cia-leak-investigation/ Chicago Tribune Verdict could cast light or shadow on Patrick Fitzgerald: By Stacy St. Clair and Jeff Coen (08/07/2010) One way or another, the man who brought the case against Blagojevich might be affected. h http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-08-07/news/ct-met-patrick-fitzgerald- 20100807_blagojevich-case-patrick-fitzgerald- Washington Post: Trial in Error.  By Victoria Toensing (02/16/2007) on Fitzgerald: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/16/AR2007021601705.htmlFBI McJunkin, James W. See separate page System Abuse/FBI/Agents/Other/McJunkin, James W. Judges U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia Attorney General Eric Holder Defense Team for detainees Officer B: Deuce Martinez Kiriakou’s alleged disclosures occurred prior to a June 2008 front-page story in The New York Times disclosing Officer B’s alleged role in the Abu Zubaydah operation: Deuce Martinez Acts Involved, etc The Intelligence Identities Protection Act Espionage Act Journalists and Defense Teams Key concept: surveillance photos of govt personnel (presumably in the act of connection with detainees) The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions, one of the journalists to whom Kiriakou is alleged to have illegally disclosed classified information, in turn, disclosed that information to a defense team investigator, and that this information was reflected in the classified defense filing and enabled the defense team to take or obtain surveillance photographs of government personnel. There are no allegations of criminal activity by any members of the defense team for the detainees.  Notice the language by the FBI that Kiriakou was trying to “trick” the government by lying.  The tone and language are revelatory and offer insights into an MO (modus operandi) running thru-out the govt org. Article FBI dot gov - in entirety: FBI dot gov: Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou Charged with Disclosing Covert Officer’s Identity and Other Classified Information to Journalists and Lying to CIA’s Publications Review Board; Investigation Involving Photos Seized from Guantanamo Detainees Concludes no Criminal Violations by Defense Team; Rather, Classified Info Kiriakou Allegedly Illegally Disclosed to a Journalist was Provided by the Journalist to a Defense Investigator. https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/washingtondc/press-releases/2012/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-charged-with-disclosing-covert-officers-identity-and- other-classified-information-to-journalists-and-lying-to-cias-publications-review-board U.S. Attorney’s Office January 23, 2012 Northern District of Illinois (312) 353-5300 ALEXANDRIA, VA—A former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, was charged today with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and information revealing the role of another CIA employee in classified activities, Justice Department officials announced. The charges result from an investigation that was triggered by a classified defense filing in January 2009, which contained classified information the defense had not been given through official government channels, and, in part, by the discovery in the spring of 2009 of photographs of certain government employees and contractors in the materials of high-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions, one of the journalists to whom Kiriakou is alleged to have illegally disclosed classified information, in turn, disclosed that information to a defense team investigator, and that this information was reflected in the classified defense filing and enabled the defense team to take or obtain surveillance photographs of government personnel. There are no allegations of criminal activity by any members of the defense team for the detainees. Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington, Va., was a CIA intelligence officer between 1990 and 2004, serving at headquarters and in various classified overseas assignments. He is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson in federal court in Alexandria. Kiriakou was charged with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act for allegedly illegally disclosing the identity of a covert officer and two counts of violating the Espionage Act for allegedly illegally disclosing national defense information to individuals not authorized to receive it. Kiriakou was also charged with one count of making false statements for allegedly lying to the Publications Review Board of the CIA in an unsuccessful attempt to trick the CIA into allowing him to include classified information in a book he was seeking to publish. The four-count criminal complaint, which was filed today in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleges that Kiriakou made illegal disclosures about two CIA employees and their involvement in classified operations to two journalists on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2009. In one case, revealing the employee’s name as a CIA officer disclosed classified information as the employee was and remains covert (identified in the complaint as “Covert Officer A”). In the second case, Kiriakou allegedly disclosed the name and contact information of an employee, identified in the complaint as “Officer B,” whose participation in an operation to capture and question terrorism subject Abu Zubaydah in 2002 was then classified. Kiriakou’s alleged disclosures occurred prior to a June 2008 front-page story in The New York Times disclosing Officer B’s alleged role in the Abu Zubaydah operation. “Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Today’s charges reinforce the Justice Department’s commitment to hold accountable anyone who would violate the solemn duty not to disclose such sensitive information.” Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, who was appointed Special Attorney in 2010 to supervise the investigation, said: “I want to thank the Washington Field Office of the FBI and the team of attorneys assigned to this matter for their hard work and dedication to tracing the sources of the leaks of classified information.” Mr. Fitzgerald announced the charges with James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and they thanked the Central Intelligence Agency for its very substantial assistance in the investigation, as well as the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for its significant assistance. “Protecting the identities of America’s covert operatives is one of the most important responsibilities of those who are entrusted with roles in our nation’s intelligence community. The FBI and our intelligence community partners work diligently to hold accountable those who violate that special trust,” said Mr. McJunkin. The CIA filed a crimes report with the Justice Department on March 19, 2009, prior to the discovery of the photographs and after reviewing the Jan. 19, 2009, classified filing by defense counsel for certain detainees with the military commission then responsible for adjudicating charges. The defense filing contained information relating to the identities and activities of covert government personnel, but prior to Jan. 19, 2009, there had been no authorized disclosure to defense counsel of the classified information. The Justice Department’s National Security Division, working with the FBI, began the investigation. To avoid the risk of encountering a conflict of interest because of the pending prosecutions of some of the high-value detainees, Mr. Fitzgerald was assigned to supervise the investigation conducted by a team of attorneys from the Southern District of New York, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Counterespionage Section of the National Security Division who were not involved in pending prosecutions of the detainees. According to the complaint affidavit, the investigation determined that no laws were broken by the defense team as no law prohibited defense counsel from filing a classified document under seal outlining for a court classified information they had learned during the course of their investigation. Regarding the 32 pages of photographs that were taken or obtained by the defense team and provided to the detainees, the investigation found no evidence the defense attorneys transmitting the photographs were aware of, much less disclosed, the identities of the persons depicted in particular photographs and no evidence that the defense team disclosed other classified matters associated with certain of those individuals to the detainees. The defense team did not take photographs of persons known or believed to be current covert officers. Rather, defense counsel, using a technique known as a double-blind photo lineup, provided photograph spreads of unidentified individuals to their clients to determine whether they recognized anyone who may have participated in questioning them. No law or military commission order expressly prohibited defense counsel from providing their clients with these photo spreads. Further investigation, based in part on e-mails recovered from judicially-authorized search warrants served on two e-mail accounts associated with Kiriakou, allegedly revealed that: Kiriakou disclosed to Journalist A the name of Covert Officer A and the fact that Covert Officer A was involved in a particular classified operation. The journalist then provided the defense investigator with the full name of the covert CIA employee; Kiriakou disclosed or confirmed to Journalists A, B, and C the then-classified information that Officer B participated in the Abu Zubaydah operation and provided two of those journalists with contact information for Officer B, including a personal e-mail address. One of the journalists subsequently provided the defense investigator with Officer B’s home telephone number, which the investigator used to identify and photograph Officer B; and Kiriakou lied to the CIA regarding the existence and use of a classified technique, referred to as a “magic box,” in an unsuccessful effort to trick the CIA into allowing him to publish information about the classified technique in a book. Upon joining the CIA in 1990 and on multiple occasions in following years, Kiriakou signed secrecy and non-disclosure agreements not to disclose classified information to unauthorized individuals. Regarding Covert Officer A, the affidavit details a series of e-mail communications between Kiriakou and Journalist A in July and August 2008. In an exchange of e- mails on July 11, 2008, Kiriakou allegedly illegally confirmed for Journalist A that Covert Officer A, whose first name only was exchanged at that point, was “the team leader on [specific operation].” On August 18, 2008, Journalist A sent Kiriakou an e-mail asking if Kiriakou could pick out Covert Officer A’s last name from a list of names Journalist A provided in the e-mail. On Aug. 19, 2008, Kiriakou allegedly passed the last name of Covert Officer A to Journalist A by e-mail, stating “It came to me last night.” Covert Officer A’s last name had not been on the list provided by Journalist A. Later that same day, approximately two hours later, Journalist A sent an e-mail to the defense investigator that contained Covert Officer A’s full name. Neither Journalist A, nor any other journalist to the government’s knowledge, has published the name of Covert Officer A. At the time of Kiriakou’s allegedly unauthorized disclosures to Journalist A, the identification of Covert Officer A as “the team leader on [specific operation]” was classified at the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) level because it revealed both Covert Officer A’s identity and his association with the CIA’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation (RDI) Program relating to the capture, detention, and questioning of terrorism subjects. The defense investigator was able to identify Covert Officer A only after receiving the e-mail from Journalist A, and both Covert Officer A’s name and association with the RDI Program were included in the January 2009 classified defense filing. The defense investigator told the government that he understood from the circumstances that Covert Officer A was a covert employee and, accordingly, did not take his photograph. No photograph of Covert Officer A was recovered from the detainees at Guantanamo. In a recorded interview last Thursday, FBI agents told Kiriakou that Covert Officer A’s name was included in the classified defense filing. The affidavit states Kiriakou said, among other things, “How the heck did they get him? . . . [First name of Covert Officer A] was always undercover. His entire career was undercover.” Kiriakou further stated that he never provided Covert Officer A’s name or any other information about Covert Officer A to any journalist and stated “Once they get the names, I mean this is scary.” Regarding Officer B, the affidavit states that he worked overseas with Kiriakou on an operation to locate and capture Abu Zubaydah, and Officer B’s association with the RDI Program and the Abu Zubaydah operation in particular were classified until that information was recently declassified to allow the prosecution of Kiriakou to proceed. In June 2008, The New York Times published an article by Journalist B entitled “Inside the Interrogation of a 9/11 Mastermind,” which publicly identified Officer B and reported his alleged role in the capture and questioning of Abu Zubaydah—facts which were then classified. The article attributed other information to Kiriakou as a source, but did not identify the source(s) who disclosed or confirmed Officer B’s identity. The charges allege that at various times prior to publication of the article, Kiriakou provided Journalist B with personal information regarding Officer B, knowing that Journalist B was seeking to identify and locate Officer B. In doing so, Kiriakou allegedly confirmed classified information that Officer B was involved in the Abu Zubaydah operation. For example, Kiriakou allegedly e- mailed Officer B’s phone number and personal e-mail address to Journalist B, who attempted to contact Officer B via his personal e-mail in April and May 2008. Officer B had provided his personal e-mail address to Kiriakou, but not to Journalist B or any other journalist. Subsequently, Kiriakou allegedly revealed classified information by confirming for Journalist B additional information that an individual with Officer B’s name, who was associated with particular contact information that Journalist B had found on a website, was located in Pakistan in March 2002, which was where and when the Abu Zubaydah operation took place. After The New York Times article was published, Kiriakou sent several e-mails denying that he was the source for information regarding Officer B, while, at the same time, allegedly lying about the number and nature of his contacts with Journalist B. For example, in an e-mail dated June 30, 2008, Kiriakou told Officer B that Kiriakou had spoken to the newspaper’s ombudsman after the article was published and said that the use of Officer B’s name was “despicable and unnecessary” and could put Officer B in danger. Kiriakou also denied that he had cooperated with the article and claimed that he had declined to talk to Journalist B, except to say that he believed the article absolutely should not mention Officer B’s name. “[W]hile it might not be illegal to name you, it would certainly be immoral,” Kiriakou wrote to Officer B, according to the affidavit. From at least November 2007 through November 2008, Kiriakou allegedly provided Journalist A with Officer B’s personal contact information and disclosed to Journalist A classified information revealing Officer B’s association with the RDI Program. Just as Journalist A had disclosed to the defense investigator classified information that Kiriakou allegedly imparted about Covert Officer A, Journalist A, in turn, provided the defense investigator information that Kiriakou had disclosed about Officer B. For example, in an e-mail dated April 10, 2008, Journalist A provided the defense investigator with Officer B’s home phone number, which, in light of Officer B’s common surname, allowed the investigator to quickly and accurately identify Officer B and photograph him. Both Officer B’s name and
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