Monday, May 11, 2015

John Kiriakou's experiences as a CIA counterterrrorism officer

Watch all 10 vids of the former CIA officer being interviewed by the Real News Network and you will come away a lot wiser than you were about the CIA and their bag of evil tricks.

The continuing vids can be found here.

Below Bio of the ex-CIA officer and a bit from the Transcript:

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.

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay. And welcome to Reality Asserts Itself.

John Kiriakou is in his house waiting for another 40 days before he's free to walk out the front door. He's under house arrest after spending 23 months in jail.

John Kiriakou was born on August 9, 1964. He's a former CIA analyst and case officer, a former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News. He was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners, which he described as torture. On October 22, 2012, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer that connected the covert operative to a specific operation. He was the first person to pass classified information to a reporter, although the reporter did not publish the name of the operative. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison on January 25, 2013, and he served his term from February 28, 2013, until 3 February 2015 at a low-security federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

When John joined the CIA in 1990, he was 25 years old. He was a true believer in Americanism--American exceptionalism, as some people call it. And now he's not. And that's what this interview's about.

And now John joins us..............

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