Whistleblower: ‘If the Government Has Its Way, Ed Snowden Will Never See the Light of Day
February 11, 2015—CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou believes NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should not come home to the United States.
In an interview with Democracy Now, Kiriakou said, “I do not believe he will get a fair trial in the United States, especially in the eastern district of Virginia where he has been charged. I think the deck is stacked against him, as it is against any whistleblower. And if the government has its way, Ed Snowden will never see the light of day.”
Kiriakou was recently released from prison after serving 30 months behind bars for admitting the name of a colleague to a journalist. The former CIA analyst and case officer blew the whistle on the agency’s torture program, publicly confirming that the directives on how to torture in-custodies came directly from the White House. The initial charges against him were violations of the Espionage Act, which his lawyer has described as an antiquated World War I law aimed to go after spies—not whistleblowers. Those charges were dropped in a plea deal when Kiriakou came clean about the leak to the media.
Kiriakou, who said Snowden is a hero, responded to the following statment made by Snowden:
“Binney, Drake, Kiriakou, and Manning are all examples of how overly-harsh responses to public-interest whistleblowing only escalate the scale, scope, and skill involved in future disclosures.
“Citizens with a conscience are not going to ignore wrong-doing simply because they’ll be destroyed for it: the conscious forbids it. Instead, these draconian responses simply build better whistleblowers.
“If the Obama administration responds with an even harsher hand against me, they can be assured that they’ll soon find themselves facing an equally harsh public response.”
Watch the video below for the full interview and share your thoughts on whistleblowers in the comments.
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