John Kiriakou indicted in leak case
A former Arlington CIA official accused of leaking the name of a covert CIA officer and disclosing information revealing the role of another CIA employee in classified activities has been indicted.
John Kiriakou was indicted Thursday for on one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act for allegedly illegally disclosing the identity of a covert officer and with three counts of violating the Espionage Act for allegedly illegally disclosing national defense information to individuals not authorized to receive it.
The indictment also charges him with one count of making false statements for allegedly lying to authorities in an unsuccessful attempt to trick the CIA into allowing him to include classified information in a book he was seeking to publish.
Kiriakou was a CIA intelligence officer between 1990 and 2004. He served at headquarters and in various classified overseas assignments.
He was among the first to go public with details about waterboarding.
Investigators say they caught on when previously unreleased information appeared in a classified legal brief filed by defense lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo Bay.