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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ex-CIA agent faces jail for exposing torture in agency's secret prisons

Your Government Justice system treats snitches harshly as do all criminal gangs!

Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:8AM GMT

An ex- CIA agent and major critic of US torturing of “terror suspects,” who was charged with leaking classified information, has been forced to plead guilty to a single charge in a plea bargain agreement with government prosecutors.

The plea agreement, commonly forced on defendants by US prosecutors to avert controversy and costly legal costs, would oblige the former intelligence officer, John C. Kiriakou, to plead guilty in federal court on Tuesday and send him to prison for up to 30 months for allegedly passing secrets to reporters, The Washington Post reports today.

The conviction of Kiriakou to a single charge of “disclosing the identity of an undercover CIA operative” marked the end of a case that was described as “part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on leaks.”

The 47-year-old agent, according to the report, is most widely recognized for being among the first former agents of premier American spy agency to publicly expose CIA’s secret interrogation program, describing in a 2007 television interview the use of waterboarding - internationally recognized as a torture tactic - on al-Qaeda suspects.

Kiriakou worked undercover for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for years and reportedly took part in multiple operations that led to the capture of alleged al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan.

The controversial case was one of six leaks-related prosecutions brought by the US Justice Department since Obama became president, more than all previous administrations combined. The plea deal comes just months following an announcement by the US judiciary that it was closing its investigation of the deaths of foreign inmates in secret CIA prisons overseas without bringing a single charge. More>>  PressTV - Ex-CIA agent faces jail for exposing torture in agency's secret prisons