John Kiriakou

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John Kiriakou, as depicted in Robert Shetterly's "Americans Who Tell the Truth" series
BornJohn Chris Kiriakou
Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA
ResidenceArlington,  Virginia,  USA
Exposed • Black sites
• CIA/Torture
Member ofInstitute for Policy Studies, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
The only CIA officer to go to prison for reasons connected to their torturing of suspects - the first whistleblower.

John Kiriakou, the first CIA officer to blow the whistle on the CIA Torture Program, was the only person to go to prison in that connection.


On January 23, 2012, Kiriakou was charged with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists. Lawyer and fellow whistleblower Jesselyn Radack helped him with the case. He was indicted on April 5, 2012.[1] On January 25, 2013, Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison. On February 3, 2015, Kiriakou was released from prison to serve three months of house arrest at his home in Arlington, Virginia.


On December 10, 2007, Kiriakou gave an interview to ABC News[2] where he was described as participating in the capture and questioning of Abu Zubaydah, supposedly an aide to Osama Bin Laden. In it he stated that CIA had waterboarded Zubaydah. Later the commercially-controlled media reported that Zubaydah had been waterboarded at least 83 times[3].

Kiriakou termed Gina Haspel the “godmother of the torture program.”[4]


A Quote by John Kiriakou

Scott Shane“Scott Shane may be a great reporter. He may be a Pulitzer prize winner, but the man just simply can’t be trusted.”23 January 2019The Gray Zone Project


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International Festival of Whistleblowing Dissent and Accountability8 May 20218 May 2021InternetWhistleblowing event held in 2021.
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