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In this special episode of CovertAction Bulletin, we spend the entire hour with former CIA analyst and field agent John Kiriakou. Kiriakou became a whistleblower when he exposed the CIA’s official torture program—and then became the only person jailed for it.

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Starting with the Espionage Act, we also discuss the history of prosecuting whistleblowers and those who speak out against injustice. Kiriakou shares his own stories and the stories of other whistleblowers including Daniel Hale, who as a former drone operator, exposed the rampant killing of innocent civilians by the U.S. drone program. Daniel is currently serving his sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. His projected release date is July 5th, 2024.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting is it not that JAs lawyers gave up the ghost at
    The Supreme Court with out carrying on to the European Court of Human Rights where he would undoubtedly find favour under articles 6/8 and 34. Ive said it before andcIlk say it again in the supposed democracy of this Fair Isla lawyers work for the state.

  2. U.S. media criticism of alleged restraints on journalism by government of Russia elevates hypocrisy to hilarity.

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