CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou on Torture Coverup, Silencing Dissent

Using the Law to Silence Dissent

VOL: The author of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act volunteered to serve as an expert witness for your defense, and previous cases showed that this law was effectively applied when there was evidence of mal intent. And yet you had no mal intent, and the judge dismissed those previous cases where intent was the crux of the argument. Do you believe your case set new and possibly harmful precedent, particularly for whistleblowers?

Kiriakou: Like the president uses the Espionage Act as a political weapon to silence dissenters, I think it’s very easy to use the Intelligence Identities Protection Act to silence CIA dissenters. That’s what happened to me. I’m only the second person in American history to have been convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act…

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