John Kiriakou arrested and charged with illegally divulging details about covert anti-terrorism operations to journalists
January 24, 2012
A former Central Intelligence Agency officer has been arrested and charged with illegally disclosing classified information to journalists, including the identity of a covert officer and details about the capture of terrorism suspect Abu Zubaydah, the US justice department said.
John Kiriakou, 47, worked for the CIA from 1990 to 2004 as an intelligence officer and then was a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 until May 2011. He wrote the book “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.”
He was accused of revealing to one journalist in 2008 the identity of the covert CIA officer who was involved in the agency’s program to secretly capture terrorism suspects, bring them to US-run detention facilities and interrogate them.
Kiriakou also was accused of revealing to three reporters the identity of a second CIA officer involved in the capture and interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, believed to be al Qaeda’s field commander who was captured in March 2002 in Pakistan.