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March 13, 2014
Re "Why give Panetta a pass?," Opinion, March 9 Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is in federal prison because he broke the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, when he went far beyond the whistle-blowing he states he engaged in by disclosing covert operatives' names. The Espionage Act of 1950, which he says former CIA Director Leon Panetta should be punished for supposedly violating, does not adequately cover such crimes, hence the 1982 act was passed by Congress. Panetta did not break either law, for as Kiriakou admits, Panetta was not alerted beforehand that a non-cleared person, "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal, was in the group of agency employees at CIA headquarters that Panetta was addressing.
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OPINION
March 13, 2014
Re "Why give Panetta a pass?," Opinion, March 9 Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is in federal prison because he broke the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, when he went far beyond the whistle-blowing he states he engaged in by disclosing covert operatives' names. The Espionage Act of 1950, which he says former CIA Director Leon Panetta should be punished for supposedly violating, does not adequately cover such crimes, hence the 1982 act was passed by Congress. Panetta did not break either law, for as Kiriakou admits, Panetta was not alerted beforehand that a non-cleared person, "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal, was in the group of agency employees at CIA headquarters that Panetta was addressing.
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NATIONAL
January 25, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison for disclosing classified information to journalists in a case that underscored the Obama administration's harsh crackdown on national security leaks. John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran, pleaded guilty in October to identifying an undercover operative who was involved in the use of severe interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, on terrorism suspects during the George W. Bush administration.
OPINION
February 2, 2013
Re "Former CIA officer sentenced in leak case," Jan. 26 The Justice Department will not prosecute CIA officials who approved or conducted "enhanced interrogations," and yet it goes after the man who blew the whistle on these practices. I suppose it is too much to hope that Obama will commute the sentence of John Kiriakou, as President George W. Bush did for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Jean Koch Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Researching marijuana Letters: Women deserve a fighting chance Letters: Who should pay for illegal immigration?
NATIONAL
January 24, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
A former CIA officer was charged under the Espionage Act on Monday with disclosing classified information to journalists, the latest prosecution in an unprecedented Obama administration crackdown on national security leaks. If convicted, John Kiriakou could face decades in prison. He is accused of providing secrets, including the name and activities of one of his undercover colleagues, to unidentified reporters, according to a federal criminal complaint. One of the journalists is alleged to have turned over the name of the covert CIA officer to lawyers representing a Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
OPINION
February 2, 2013
Re "Former CIA officer sentenced in leak case," Jan. 26 The Justice Department will not prosecute CIA officials who approved or conducted "enhanced interrogations," and yet it goes after the man who blew the whistle on these practices. I suppose it is too much to hope that Obama will commute the sentence of John Kiriakou, as President George W. Bush did for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Jean Koch Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Researching marijuana Letters: Women deserve a fighting chance Letters: Who should pay for illegal immigration?
NATIONAL
July 11, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Expressing outrage over national security leaks, Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee pressed legal experts Wednesday on whether it was possible to prosecute reporters for publishing classified information. The response was a qualified yes. "Under certain circumstances, you can see that if someone acting with impunity and knowledge of the consequences goes ahead and publishes it, that is something that I think would be worthy of prosecution and punishment," said Kenneth Wainstein, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft who specializes in national security.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison for disclosing classified information to journalists in a case that underscored the Obama administration's harsh crackdown on national security leaks. John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran, pleaded guilty in October to identifying an undercover operative who was involved in the use of severe interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, on terrorism suspects during the George W. Bush administration.
NATIONAL
October 24, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A veteran former CIA officer pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to disclosing information identifying a covert agent. Under terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, he is to be sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. John C. Kiriakou, a CIA officer from 1990 to 2004, was arrested in January and charged in April with unmasking a 20-year covert agent to a Washington journalist who then shared that information with defense lawyers for terrorist detainees at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, authorities said.
OPINION
March 13, 2014
Re "Harris calls truancy a 'crisis,'" March 11 Truancy is one of those easy metrics to monitor, if not control. Harder is providing the kind of education that makes students - wait for it, wait for it - want to go to class. Large school-system bureaucracies lack the administrative agility and wisdom to challenge the assumption that it's normal for kids to hate school. "But at least we can force them to come to school" is the lazy response. The problem isn't that kids fail to attend; it is that our schools fail to give them a reason to attend that makes sense to them.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison for disclosing classified information to journalists in a case that underscored the Obama administration's harsh crackdown on national security leaks. John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran, pleaded guilty in October to identifying an undercover operative who was involved in the use of severe interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, on terrorism suspects during the George W. Bush administration.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 30 months in federal prison for disclosing classified information to journalists in a case that underscored the Obama administration's harsh crackdown on national security leaks. John Kiriakou, a 14-year CIA veteran, pleaded guilty in October to identifying an undercover operative who was involved in the use of severe interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, on terrorism suspects during the George W. Bush administration.
NATIONAL
October 24, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A veteran former CIA officer pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to disclosing information identifying a covert agent. Under terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, he is to be sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. John C. Kiriakou, a CIA officer from 1990 to 2004, was arrested in January and charged in April with unmasking a 20-year covert agent to a Washington journalist who then shared that information with defense lawyers for terrorist detainees at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, authorities said.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Expressing outrage over national security leaks, Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee pressed legal experts Wednesday on whether it was possible to prosecute reporters for publishing classified information. The response was a qualified yes. "Under certain circumstances, you can see that if someone acting with impunity and knowledge of the consequences goes ahead and publishes it, that is something that I think would be worthy of prosecution and punishment," said Kenneth Wainstein, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft who specializes in national security.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
A former CIA officer was charged under the Espionage Act on Monday with disclosing classified information to journalists, the latest prosecution in an unprecedented Obama administration crackdown on national security leaks. If convicted, John Kiriakou could face decades in prison. He is accused of providing secrets, including the name and activities of one of his undercover colleagues, to unidentified reporters, according to a federal criminal complaint. One of the journalists is alleged to have turned over the name of the covert CIA officer to lawyers representing a Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A former U.S. intelligence officer with a long history at CIA headquarters and the agency's Counterterrorism Center pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to a single count of disclosing information identifying a covert agent. He faces a 30-month federal prison sentence and $250,000 fine under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. John C. Kiriakou, a CIA officer from 1990 to 2004, was charged in April with unmasking the 20-year covert agent to a Washington journalist who then shared that information with defense lawyers for terrorist detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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