January 23rd, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Ex-CIA officer charged with giving journalists classified information

A former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, was charged Monday with repeatedly 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, Justice Department officials announced.

“Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press release. “Today’s charges reinforce the Justice Department’s commitment to hold accountable anyone who would violate the solemn duty not to disclose such sensitive information.”

Watch CNN's interview with Kiriakou about his career from March 2010.


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  1. **cosmicVox *

    ...Hang'im High... :-\

    January 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bouna Sera' Wine Bar

    No! it's "Hang em!... Hang him high!"

    January 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    Thats ok sandusky you and your protector may have escaped justice on earth but you wont escape the grim reaper.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wrong thread.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not to mention it's a little premature to say anything about Sandusky's escaping justice when he hasn't even been to trial yet.

      January 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    i was just responding to the sandusky impersonator above

    January 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hamsta

    i wanna know when they are gonna prosecute that hippocrite eric holder.selling stolen guns to the mexican drug cartel is just as bad if not worse than leaking a little top secret info.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    True i worded that wrong-or maybe i didnt.these guys more often than not get off the hook,but noone escapes the grim reaper

    January 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    The number of guns smuggled into Mexico by the FBI are nothing compared to the ones that come from America's loophole gun shows or the ones smuggled out of Israel through tunnels under Egypt's border w/Israel. According to the FBI, about 80% of illegal weapons that end-up in Mexico have "made in the USA" stamped on them. And most of the others have "made in Israel" emblazoned on their sides. Funny how "God's chosen Nation" and "God bless America" are the top black market gun suppliers. ha ha

    January 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Bamasy...according to Paterno, Sandusky has been humping boys since at leats 2002 when Paterno says he first learned of Sandusky being bi-se xual. So if you believe Paterno, you believe that Sandusly has been escaping Justice for at leats 10 yrs. You escape justice BEFORE the trial, unless the judge or jury are tampered with.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Banasy...Joe Paterno has already stated that he became fully aware that Sandusky was bi-s-xual in 2002. So if you belive Papa Joe, you believe thatSandusky has been escaping justice for a good ten years or more. Some of the charges Sandusly is facing date back to 1998. A person escapes justice BEFORE the trial, and only escapes afterwards if the judge has been tampered with.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What I said was: "Not to mention it's a little premature to say anything about Sandusky's escaping justice when he hasn't even been to trial yet."

      You saud everything else.
      And I was responding to hamsta.
      What I believe would be promptly picked apart by you, so I guess it's all a moot point, anyway.
      My POV is unimportant to you, and always has been.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Let me re-phrase that:
      Eveyone's POV in unimportant.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    That sounds like treason

    January 24, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Whatever

    U people crack me up, acting like you all care about a bunch of mexicans killing each other please save the drama

    January 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steven O Shaw BBA LUTCF MSM MSFS

    Could this all be by design....a...Planned CIA Leak?

    January 27, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
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