Whistleblower who revealed CIA torture sentenced to prison
Former CIA agent John Kiriakou pleaded guilty Tuesday
morning to crimes related to blowing the whistle on the US
government’s torture of suspected terrorists and was
sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
Story to Kiriakou's Imminent Guilty Plea
By Jesselyn Radack
October 23, 2012 "Daily
-- A change of plea hearing is set for today at 11:00 am
in the Espionage Act case against Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) whistleblower
Let's be clear, there
is one reason, and one reason only, that John Kiriakou is
taking this plea: for the certainty that he'll be out of
jail in 2 1/2 years to see his five children grow up.
government is prepared to drop 80% of its case, including
all Espionage Act charges (sound familiar, ahem,
Tom Drake?). Kiriakou is expected to plead guilty to
violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA)--there
are no reported cases interpreting it because it's nearly
impossible to prove--for "outing" a torturer. "Outing" is in
quotes because the charge is not that Kiriakou's actions
resulted in a public disclosure of the name, but that
through a Kevin Bacon-style chain of causation, GITMO
torture victims learned the name of one of their possible
torturers. Regardless, how does outing a torturer hurt the
national security of the U.S.? It's like arguing that outing
a Nazi guarding a concentration camp would hurt the national
security of Germany.
last couple of weeks, it
became public that:
. . The CIA officer listed as "Officer A" in the John
Kiriakou complaint has been revealed to be Thomas
Donahue Fletcher. Born in 1953. Fletcher is currently a
resident of Vienna, VA. Further - source states
journalists have known identity of this person prior to
August 2008, when Kiriakou allegedly confirmed the
identity in an email to Matthew Cole, formerly of ABC
News. . . . Thomas Donahue Fletcher was the chief of the
Headquarters Based Rendition Group and was personally
responsible for the rendition of Abu Zubaydah (as well
as other high-value detainees) to the CIA black site in
Thailand and witnessed and played a role in Zubaydah's
An effectively-forced plea from John Kiriakou
will be the tragic bookend to the torture narrative:
Kiriakou will be going to jail, while Fletcher happily
enjoys retirement in Vienna VA, safe with protection from
"the most transparent administration in history."
a rogue's gallery of some of the people who got away with
torture, in addition to Fletcher:
Rodriguez, Enrique "Ricky" Prado, Alfreda Bikowsky, all of
the lawyers who said it was legal (including my law school
contemporary, John Yoo-- enjoying his tenured professorship
at a prestigious law school, and now-federal judge Jay Bybee),
twisted psychiatrists, including criminal contractors James
Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, not to mention all of the names
we still don't know of the anonymous masked brutes who
kidnapped, rendered, beat, waterboarded, and deprived
prisoners of the most basic of human dignities.
torture cover-up spans both administrations. We learned
yesterday that three days after 9/11 Bushie
Cofer Black was bragging about leaving suspects with
"flies walking across their eyeballs" and proposing the
CIA's extraordinary rendition program, which resulted in the
torture and death of a still unknown number of people.
Whether those people committed any crime, much less
terrorism, will probably never be fully known.
Last Wednesday, the Attorney General rewarded a bunch of
lawyers for not prosecuting torture.
Speaking of rendition, let's not forget, "Officer A" a.k.a.
Thomas Fletcher, who Kiriakou is about to plead guilty to
"outing," was "chief of the
CIA headquarters-based Rendition Group" and personally
went on a number of these rendition field trips.
only person to be criminally prosecuted, and now likely
jailed, as a result of the Bush-era torture regime is John
Kiriakou, who refused to participate in torture, helped
expose the program, and said on national television that
torture was wrong. As Marcy Wheeler so aptly
predicted this weekend, the US attorney for the CIA has
succeeded in covering-up CIA's torture, again. Another
fitting addition to this dark chapter of the U.S. torture
program and its cover-up in American history.