Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Leaking Classified Information To Reporters

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Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Leaking Classified Information To Reporters

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A former CIA officer was charged Monday with repeatedly leaking classified information to reporters, including the identity of a covert officer.

John Kiriakou, 47, is accused of revealing the identity of a covert officer, providing classified national defense information to people unauthorized to receive it, and lying to a CIA review board in an attempt to gain permission to use classified information in a book he sought to publish.

Kiriakou, who served as an intelligence officer from 1990 until 2004, is expected to make his first appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Va., later Monday.

According to the 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 separate occasions between 2007 and 2009.

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 cover 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 defense team did not break any laws.

Kiriakou is also 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."