FORMER CIA officer John Kiriakou was formally indicted for repeatedly leaking classified information to reporters, including the identity of a covert officer.Kiriakou, 47, is charged with one count of revealing the identity of a covert officer, three counts of providing classified national defence information to people unauthorized to receive it, and one count of making false statements to a CIA review board during an unsuccessful attempt to gain permission to use classified information in a book he sought to publish.
He was first charged in January and remains free on $250,000 bond.
Kiriakou served as an intelligence officer from 1990 until 2004. After his retirement, he became one of the first government officials to publicly acknowledge the use of waterboarding during interrogations.
According to his criminal complaint, Kiriakou allegedly revealed classified information about two CIA employees and their participation in classified operations – including the interrogation of Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah – to two journalists on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2009.
Zubaydah, who was captured in Pakistan in 2002, was reportedly waterboarded repeatedly during his interrogation.
The Justice Department said information leaked by Kiriakou was used in 2008 in a front-page New York Times story about the Zubaydah operation.
It is also alleged that another journalist in contact with Kiriakou revealed a covert officer’s identity to Guantanamo legal defense teams. The disclosure of that officer’s identity resulted in the officer being photographed.
The investigation found the defence team did not break any laws.
Kiriakou is additionally alleged to have lied to the CIA’s Publication Review Board in order to obtain permission to include classified interrogation techniques ahead of the release of his book, “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.”
Kiriakou is scheduled to be arraigned on April 13, 2012 in a US District Court in Alexandria, Va. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.