Former CIA officer guilty of disclosing information to media
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
October 26, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. PST
John C. Kiriakou, 47, 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.
The 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.
In an 11-page statement of facts signed by Kiriakou, he confessed that he also lied to FBI agents trying to track down the leaks, and feigned surprise when told that defense lawyers for the detainees now knew the identity of the CIA covert officer.
He faces a 30-month federal prison sentence and $250,000 fine under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.