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CRACKDOWN Ex-CIA Agent Charged With Leaks

Ex-CIA Agent Charged With Leaks

The Justice Department has charged a former CIA officer with leaking classified information about the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists, including al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah. John Kiriakou, 47, was a leading member of the team that captured Zubaydah, and became the center of media attention after opening up in an ABC interview about the brutal interrogation technique of waterboarding. Kiriakou, who was released on $250,000 bond after appearing in court, is the second CIA officer and sixth person to be accused of leaks since President Obama took office—exceeding the total number under all previous administrations combined. In a statement released Monday, CIA director David Petraeus said the agency “fully supported the investigation from the beginning,” warning CIA operatives to be more tight-lipped.

January 24, 2012 12:09 AM