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Request: To have your boss call Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels to request that
John Kiriakou be released immediately to a halfway house near his family in Arlington, VA.

John Kiriakou served for 15 years as an analyst and case officer in the Central Intelligence
Agency (1987-2002). During that time, he led the raid that captured the first high-level al-Qaida
suspect, Abu Zubayda. John also spent two years working as a senior investigator for majority
staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In late 2007, John was the first intelligence
community official -- current or former -- to confirm that waterboarding and other enhanced
interrogation techniques were used against terrorism suspects as part of official U.S. policy.
When John made this public revelation, he also said that he believed waterboarding was torture
and that, as Americans, We are better than that. Subsequently, the CIA referred John to the
Department of Justice (DoJ) for criminal charges, which the DoJ did not to pursue. The CIA
continued for the next five years to purse him with a criminal investigation.

In 2012, John was charged with three counts of espionage and a violation of the Identities
Intelligence Protection Act (IIPA) law. He was determined to fight these charges, which his
attorneys, human rights organizations, former intelligence community officials, interfaith groups,
politicians on both sides of the aisle, and many others, recognized as an attempt to punish and
intimidate John for blowing the whistle on torture. The espionage charges were dropped and John
pled to violating the IIPA after the judge in his case ruled against his attorneys motions to
declassify exculpatory evidence and declaring that intent could not be part of the defense. The
author of the IIPA law has publicly spoken about how the DoJ misused the intent of the law to
prosecute John. Before John, only one person in history has gone to jail for violating the IIPA. It
was a CIA officer who gave the names of CIA officers overseas to her foreign national boyfriend.

John was charged with the IIPA based upon an e-mail he sent responding to a journalist who
asked if he knew a named undercover former intelligence officer. John said he knew the officer
and did not believe that officer would speak to the journalist. That name was never made public
and John had no intent to harm national security by answering the journalists questions. The
person John confirmed knowing was controversial because that officer was directly associated
with the torture program someone the CIA was intent on protecting.

Sen. Feinstein recently declared that we are facing a Constitutional crisis stemming from the
CIAs efforts to protect individuals associated with carrying out the torture program. She gave a
powerful speech on the Senate floor condemning the CIAs recommendation to DoJ that
members of her staff working on the committees torture report face criminal charges. Sen.
Feinsteins staff are fortunate to have someone of her clout to defend them; John Kiriakou was
not as lucky.

John served his country for most of his career, during which time he earned more than a dozen
medals and awards. He would gladly return to public service again. John is now eligible for
halfway house time under Bureau of Prison guidelines. Transfer to a halfway house would put
him closer to his five children and allow him to resume a productive life in society.

Why support the request to ask Charles Samuels to release John Kiriakou immediately to
a halfway house?
1. Perceived disloyalty to an Agency is not equivalent to disloyalty to this country. John loves his
country, is a patriot, and has a long decorated public service record.
2. John is the only person associated with the torture program who has been criminally charged
and he did not torture anyone. Neither the individuals who wrote the justification for the program
nor those who carried out the acts or destroyed evidence of their use, have faced criminal
3. John has served 14 months and under current BoP guidelines he is currently eligible for
halfway house time. This would all him to be closer to his family and resume a productive role in
RaIph Nader and CoIIeagues CaII on Obama to
Pardon John Kiriakou
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
We the undersigned are writing to urge that you pardon f ormer CA of f icer John Kiriakou. Motivated
as a f ather devoted to his children, Mr. Kiriakou recently pleaded guilty to one count of violating the
ntelligence dentities Protection Act of 1981 to avoid the government's threat of long-term
devastation of his cherished f amily.
He pleaded guilty to the crime of providing the name of a f ormer colleague to an author who was
writing a book and searching f or f ormer CA of f icers to interview, an act which seems much less
censorable than Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage's disclosure of the CA's Valerie Plame
to reporter Robert Novak with impunity. Mr. Kiriakou's disclosure never was made publicly available,
and occasioned no harm to the United States. ndeed, it assisted in ending waterboarding, the crime
of torture as you and your Attorney General have acknowledged. n contrast, Mr. Armitage's
disclosure was shared to the world by Mr. Novak, and reportedly placed in danger persons who had
associated with Ms. Plame. The reporter of Mr. Kiriakou's inf ormation unilaterally shared the name
with the American Civil Liberties Union.
We believe that commutation is appropriate in this case f or a number of reasons:
First, Mr. Kiriakou is a highly decorated, f ourteen-year CA counterterrorism veteran who has spent
his entire adult lif e in public service, including two years as a senior aide to Senator John Kerry. He
was the leader of the team that captured an al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah in Faisalabad, Pakistan in
2002. He is the recipient of twelve CA Exceptional Perf ormance Awards, the Sustained Superior
Perf ormance Award, the Meritorious Honor Award with Medal, and the Counterterrorism Service
Second, Mr. Kiriakou is an anti-torture whistleblower who spoke out against torture because he
believed it violated his oath to the Constitution. He never tortured anyone, yet he is the only
individual to be prosecuted in relation to the torture program of the past decade. The interrogators
who tortured prisoners, the of f icials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture
memos, and the CA of f icers who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held
prof essionally accountable, much less charged with crimes.
Third, there is precedent f or leniency. n 2007, . Lewis "Scooter Libby was granted a commutation
af ter being f ound guilty of f our f elony counts obstruction of justice, making a f alse statement, and
two counts of perjury related to the Valerie Plame af f air. Mr. Libby did not spend one day in prison.
Similarly, in 2001 President Clinton pardoned Samuel L. Morison, the only person ever convicted of
espionage f or leaking classif ied inf ormation to the press.
Mr. President, do not allow your legacy to be one where only the accurate whistleblower goes to
We urge you to take action in this matter. Please do not let this injustice stand. Commute John
Kiriakou's sentence.
Respectf ully,
Bruce Fein
Ralph Nader
Joan Claybrook
For more inf ormation, please contact: The National Commission on ntelligence Misuse to Justif y War
722 12th St NW 5th Floor Washington, DC, 20005-3957 703.963.4968
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I got 30 months in prison. Why does Leon Panetta get a pass?
The Espionage Act should be rewritten to deal with issues of intent and motive, and it should be enforced equally.
March 09, 2014 | By John Kiriakou
The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter
Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama
administration claims that it isn't enforcing the Espionage Act only against political opponents.
I'm one of the people the Obama administration charged with criminal espionage, one of those whose lives were torn apart by being
accused, essentially, of betraying his country. The president and the attorney general have used the Espionage Act against more people
than all other administrations combined, but not against real traitors and spies. The law has been applied selectively, often against
whistle-blowers and others who expose illegal, corrupt government actions.
After I blew the whistle on the CIA's waterboarding torture program in 2007, I was the subject of a years-long FBI investigation. In 2012,
the Justice Department charged me with "disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and
information revealing the role of another CIA employee in classified activities." I had revealed no more than others who were never
charged, about activities that the CIA had a program to kill or capture Al Qaeda members that were hardly secret.
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Eventually the espionage charges were dropped and I pleaded guilty to a lesser charge: confirming the name of a former CIA colleague, a
name that was never made public. I am serving a 30-month sentence.
The Espionage Act, the source of the most serious charges against me, was written and passed during World War I and was meant to
target German saboteurs living in America. It was updated once, in 1950, when Americans got to thinking the country was awash in
communist spies. The law is so outdated that it refers only to "national defense information" rather than "classified information,"
because the classification system had not yet been invented.
The act states: "Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any ... information relating to the
national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the
advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates ... the same to any person not entitled to receive it ... shall be fined under this
title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both."
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A transcript obtained by the organization Judicial Watch shows that, at a CIA awards ceremony attended by Boal, Panetta did exactly
that. The CIA seems to acknowledge that Panetta accidentally revealed the name of the special forces ground commander who led the
operation to kill Osama bin Laden, not knowing that the Hollywood screenwriter was part of an audience cleared to hear him speak. But
intent is not relevant to Espionage Act enforcement.
U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled in my case that evidence of the accidental release of national defense information was
inadmissible, and she added that the government did not have to prove that a leak of classified information actually caused any harm to
the United States. In other words, the act of disclosing the kind of broad information covered by the Espionage Act is prosecutable
regardless of outcome or motive.
The sensitivity of what Panetta revealed is not in question. The spokesman for the former CIA director said Panetta assumed that
everyone present at the time of the speech had proper clearance for such a discussion. When the transcript of the speech was released,
more than 90 lines had been redacted, implying that Panetta had disclosed a great deal more classified information than the name of an
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Even the CIA's Office of Security concluded that "the agency's security policy and administrative procedures were not followed in
allowing Mr. Boal, a member of the media, access to the classified bin Ladin [sic] Operation Award Ceremony."
If an intent to undermine U.S. national security or if identifiable harm to U.S. interests are indeed not relevant to Espionage Act
enforcement, then the White House and the Justice Department should be in full froth. Panetta should be having his private life dug in
to, sifted and seized as evidence, as happened to me and six others under the Obama administration.
When the transcript of Panetta's speech and his inadvertent leak came to light in January, a CIA spokesman told the Associated Press
that the agency had subsequently "overhauled its procedures for interaction with the entertainment industry." Such internal reviews are
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fine and good, but equality before the law is the rule in America. Your job title, your Rolodex and your political friendships are not
supposed to trump accountability. Except when they do.
Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, once known as the president's "favorite general," was reportedly targeted as the source of information
about the Stuxnet virus leaked to a New York Times writer. That investigation has dropped from sight, and Cartwright has so far faced no
Yet when senior National Security Agency official Thomas Drake blew the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse at the NSA in the form of
a bungled project that cost more than $1 billion he wound up buried under espionage charges, all of which were eventually dropped
but only after his life was in shreds.
When former State Department intelligence advisor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim talked to a Fox News reporter about North Korea, he was
charged with espionage, and his prosecutors were absolved by the presiding judge from having to prove "that the information he
allegedly leaked could damage U.S. national security or benefit a foreign power, even potentially."
If Panetta and Cartwright aren't accountable while Drake, Kim and I have been crucified for harming U.S. national security all of us
accused of or investigated for the same thing: disclosing classified information to parties not authorized to know it then what does that
say about justice in America or White House hypocrisy?
The Espionage Act should be rewritten to deal with the issues of intent, such as accidental disclosures and real harm done. Until then, it
is right and just to charge Panetta at least with espionage. Accidental though his revelation may have been, it's still a crime.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA counter-terrorism officer and former senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He
is incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pa. You can read about his case at
May 1, 2014
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Dear Director Samuels, Jr.:
On behalf of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a
leading association for the nations millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and
Philhellenes, I am writing to express deep concern about the improper treatment of fellow Greek
American John Kiriakou and to request the Bureau of Prisons honor the agreement to grant him
nine months in a halfway house near his family.
From accounts, John has been a model prisoner during his time in FCI Loretto. At the prisons
request, he stopped his letter writing, Letters from Loretto, although it is his First Amendment
right to voice his concerns about the treatment he receives. But after the Bureau of Prisons went
back on its agreement to grant him nine months in a halfway house, John spoke up, and the
Bureau's response has been unacceptable.
John has been subject to surprise searches and shakedowns that were unreasonable and
meant to cause discord with his cellmates.
Prison officials told him they would break his desk off his cell wall.
He was threatened with Diesel Therapy, a form of punishment in which prisoners are
shackled and then transported for days or weeks.
John has not been able to take Holy Communion, a clear violation of his First
Amendment right to Freedom of Religion.
Most recently, Johns wife and three young children were thrown out of the prison when
they attempted to visit him after traveling over 200 miles. Johns family was told the
visitation room was too crowded, which was a complete falsehood.
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We call on the Bureau of Prisons to immediately stop its improper retaliation against John and
grant him his full nine months in a halfway house.
Thank you.
Anthony Kouzounis
National President
Cc: Chairmen and Ranking Members, House and Senate Judiciary Committees
Warden, FCI Loretto
Founded in 1922in Atlanta, Georgiato combat bigotry, prejudice, and discrimination, AHEPA is the largest and oldest American-
based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization with chapters in North America and Europeand sister chapters in
Australasia. Its mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and
individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For Immediate Release: Callaway Awards Tuesday November 13, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The awardees are:
William Binney & J. Kirk Wiebe
For their work on Government Data Centers & Spying on Citizens
In recognition of their joint work on blowing the whistle on fraud, waste, abuse and illegality within the National Security Agency. They are bearers of truth
and accountability for incursions on civil liberties, and are often asked to speak publicly on problems with the growing national security state.
John Kiriakou
For his work on the Governments Torture Policy
John Kiriakou is a former CIA ocer who publicly acknowledged that waterboarding constituted torture. For this and other whistleblowing activities, Kiriakou
became the sixth whistleblower to be indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act more than all previous presidential administrations

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution Building, 1530 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. Following
each award the recipients will speak briey about their work.
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest administers the Joe A. Callaway Award, established by Mr. Callaway to recognize individuals in any area of
endeavor who, with integrity and at some personal risk, take a public stand to advance truth and justice, and who challenge unsatisfactory conditions in
pursuit of the common good. Toward this end, Mr. Callaway endowed the Trust with a special fund for an annual award honoring citizens for their civic
The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest was created to extend the civic values of the late Shafeek Nader, community advocate and founder of
Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Justice
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