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Former CIA Officer Accused Of Disclosing Classified Information Regarding Guantánamo Detainees (NACDL News)
By NACDL News
NACDL News columns.
On Jan. 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had filed a criminal complaint against former CIA officer John Kiriakou alleging that Kiriakou illegally disclosed, on multiple occasions, classified information to journalists regarding the CIA’s extraordinary rendition and interrogation programs. The complaint alleges that one of the journalists, in turn, disclosed some of that information to an investigator for the defense team of a Guantánamo detainee, which allegedly enabled the defense to take or obtain surveillance photos of government personnel. According to the criminal complaint, some of those photos were found in the possession of a detainee at Guantánamo, and the CIA requested a federal criminal investigation, which in turn led back to Kiriakou. The complaint and the government’s news release both stressed that the investigation found no evidence that the defense lawyers were aware of, much less disclosed, the identities of the persons depicted in th
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