CIA Offizier: John Kiriakou, einer der Kriminellen rund um die Griechen Bande des Georg Tenet verhaftet
Das die CIA Bande, extrem kriminell ist, aber zugleich strohdumm, war vor 10 Jahren bekannt. Reden ist silber, schweigen ist Gold! Und wenn dann nur gut überlegte Infos.
update: Arte Doku im Dezember 2014 : John Kiriakou war in Wirklichkeit ein whistleblower, der die Folter Praktiken in den USA Medien publik machte und auch die Lügen.
Whistleblower im Visier
Live Dienstag, 16. Dezember um 20:15 Uhr (97 Min.)
Whistleblower packen aus. Nicht über die brisanten Geheimdienstinformationen, die sie öffentlich machten, sondern über ihr Schicksal als „Verräter“ und angeklagte Straftäter. Weil sie die Wahrheit sagten, stehen sie nun am Pranger. In ihrer Geschichte spiegelt sich das Bild einer panischen politischen Praxis der USA im Kampf gegen den internationalen Terror.
Edward Snowden, prominenter Whistleblower, ist bei weitem kein Einzelfall. Er ist in Gesellschaft einer Vielzahl von ehemaligen Geheimdienstfunktionären, die „Top Secret“-Informationen öffentlich machten. In den USA stehen diese Menschen am Pranger.
„Schweig Verräter – Whistleblower im Visier“ begleitet einige von ihnen. Ihre Überzeugung und ihr Mut hat sie zu Helden der Menschlichkeit gemacht – und zugleich ins soziale Abseits gestellt. Im Alltag Morddrohungen, Hetze und Schikane ausgesetzt, wird ihnen vor Gericht der Prozess gemacht. Weil sie ihrem Gewissen folgten und nicht wegsehen konnten, als Folter salonfähig wurde, weil sie glauben „America is better than that“, gelten sie heute als Straftäter.
Ein Paradox? Mit Sicherheit. Doch es passt zur politischen Praxis der Vereinigten Staaten seit dem Trauma von 9/11. Die Angst vor dem Terrorismus hat sich derart tief in das kollektive Bewusstsein eingeschrieben, dass nationale Sicherheitsbehörden wie die NSA oder CIA seitdem mit unermesslichen Vollmächten ausgestattet sind. Moralische, ethische und demokratische Grundwerte scheinen dem Kampf gegen den Terror nur im Weg zu stehen.
Sie werden politisch und juristisch ausgehebelt und in ihr Gegenteil verkehrt: In der Überzeugung, Gutes zu tun, werden einzelne Menschenleben wertlos. Und jene, die weiter bedingungslos an die Würde eines jeden Einzelnen glauben, werden kaltgestellt. Utilitarismus- gone wrong! Die Reaktionen der USA im Angesicht des globalen Terrorismus sind panisch – Gegenwehr um jeden Preis. Wer die Wahrheit kennt und ausspricht, begibt sich in große Gefahr.
Published: January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON — In March 2002, John Kiriakou coordinated a team of fellow Central Intelligence Agency officers and Pakistani agents that descended upon a house in Pakistan where they believed they might find Abu Zubaydah, a high-level figure in Al Qaeda.
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John Kiriakou, left, leaving court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday. Mr. Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. officer, is accused of giving classified information to the news media.
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Charged in Information Leak (January 24, 2012)
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Rushing into the house amid the bloody aftermath of a shootout, Mr. Kiriakou seized a heavily wounded man, photographed his ear, and used his cellphone to send the image to an analyst. “It’s him,” the analyst reported back after comparing the shape of the ear to file photographs of Abu Zubaydah.
Mr. Kiriakou, who recounted the episode in a 2010 memoir, and his colleagues had captured alive the first big target in the Qaeda hierarchy after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington — “one of the brightest moments of my professional life,” he described it.
Now, Mr. Kiriakou is embroiled in another drama. The same government that a decade ago sent him to risk his life taking on Al Qaeda is now trying to send him to prison for as much as 30 years, charging him with disclosing classified information — the identity of two former colleagues who participated in interrogating detainees — to journalists.
Several friends said the C.I.A. this week abruptly fired his wife, who had worked as an analyst there since before the couple met; specifically, one said, she was called, while on maternity leave, and told her to submit her resignation. (The agency declined to comment.)
Mr. Kiriakou’s lawyer Plato Cacheris said Tuesday that his client would plead not guilty, but could not discuss the matter. Friends and former colleagues say that Mr. Kiriakou is determined to fight the case.
The grandson of Greek immigrants, Mr. Kiriakou, 47, grew up in New Castle, in western Pennsylvania’s steel country. His parents, both now dead, were elementary school teachers, and his father eventually became a principal, a childhood friend recalled.
The friend, Gary Senko, still lives in New Castle and has remained friends with Mr. Kiriakou; the two were in each other’s weddings, he is the godfather of Mr. Kiriakou’s daughter, and they text each other during Pittsburgh Steelers games. As a high school student, he said, Mr. Kiriakou played in the school band and was an honor student, taking an interest in politics and making clear that he had set his sights on the wider world.
“We joked that he was going to run for president some day,” Mr. Senko recalled.
Mr. Kiriakou attended George Washington University on a partial scholarship, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies. He applied to the C.I.A. at the suggestion of a professor, Dr. Jerrold M. Post, who had served at the agency, according to Mr. Kiriakou’s 2010 memoir, “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the C.I.A.’s War on Terror.”
He began as an analyst and learned Arabic, but eventually trained as an operations officer, working in Athens and the Middle East. His book recounts several adventures, including ambushing and disarming a trainee after learning the man had been directed to kill him by a terrorist group.
He was dispatched to Pakistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hunting down Qaeda figures. When he returned home to Northern Virginia, however, Mr. Kiriakou had difficulties. His first marriage had broken up earlier, and he fought a bitter custody battle with his former wife over their two sons. He later married his current wife; they now have three children.
In his book, Mr. Kiriakou describes strains with a supervisor over the time required by his family responsibilities. He decided to resign from the agency in 2004, and worked for several years at the auditing firm Deloitte, analyzing security risks for businesses overseas.
In late 2007, Mr. Kiriakou waded into the public debate over the C.I.A.’s use of the suffocation tactic called waterboarding. He gave an interview to ABC News saying it had elicited good information from detainees, but that the country should no longer use the technique because “we’re Americans and we’re better than this.”
Suddenly a controversial figure, he was asked to leave Deloitte, according to several friends and former colleagues. A Deloitte spokeswoman confirmed his employment, but said the firm could not comment further because of a confidentiality policy.
The interview got him trouble in another way. He described Abu Zubaydah as having started cooperating with investigators within seconds of being waterboarded. In fact, according to a document made public in 2009, the C.I.A. waterboarded him 83 times, and Mr. Kiriakou later admitted that he did not personally witness any waterboarding sessions.
A version of this article appeared in print on January 25, 2012, on page A20 of the New York edition with the headline: Ex-C.I.A. Officer’s Path From Terrorist Hunter to Defendant.
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Charged in Information Leak
Published: January 23, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday charged a former Central Intelligence Agency officer with disclosing classified information to journalists about the capture and brutal interrogation of a suspected member of Al Qaeda, Abu Zubaydah — adding another chapter to the Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks.
John Kiriakou in a 2007 ABC interview.
How ’07 ABC Interview Tilted a Torture Debate (April 28, 2009)
In a criminal complaint filed on Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused John Kiriakou, the former C.I.A. officer, of disclosing the identity of a C.I.A. analyst who worked on a 2002 operation that located and interrogated Abu Zubaydah. The journalists included a New York Times reporter, it alleged.
“Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of C.I.A. officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in a statement.
At the same time, the department on Monday cleared of wrongdoing a legal defense team for inmates at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for its efforts to identify officials involved in the coercive interrogations of “high value” suspects. The effort was a project by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to bolster the representation of detainees facing death sentences in military commissions.
Mr. Kiriakou, who was released on a $250,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday, was a leader of the team that captured Abu Zubaydah, and he came to public attention in late 2007 when he gave an interview to ABC News portraying the suffocation technique called waterboarding as torture, but calling it necessary. (It later emerged that he significantly understated the C.I.A.’s use of the technique.) His lawyer did not return a call for comment on Monday.
The prosecution of Mr. Kiriakou is the sixth criminal case brought under President Obama against current or former government officials accused of providing classified information to the media, more such cases than all previous presidents combined. The crackdown, long sought by the C.I.A. and other agencies, has won the administration some credit with security officials angered by the president’s earlier decision to release classified legal opinions on the agency’s interrogation program.
Officials have said the administration’s campaign against leaks has resulted from a belief among the intelligence agencies and members of both parties in Congress that unauthorized disclosures by government employees holding security clearances were out of control. But Mr. Obama entered office pledging unprecedented transparency for government operations, and his record has drawn fire from civil libertarians and groups supporting whistle-blowers and press freedoms.
Among other things, the F.B.I. complaint accuses Mr. Kiriakou of being a source for a June 2008 front-page Times article, written by reporter Scott Shane. It identified a C.I.A. employee, Deuce Martinez, who played a major role interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, believed to have handled logistics for Al Qaeda, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Robert Christie, a spokesman for The Times, declined to comment.
The case is the second against a former C.I.A. officer for allegedly disclosing classified information to reporters within the past year. In 2011, Jeffrey Sterling, a former agency employee, was charged with leaking information allegedly used by James Risen, a Times reporter, in his 2006 book, “State of War.” (That case may be collapsing due to a judge’s ruling barring two witnesses from testifying; the prosecution has appealed.)
In a statement on Monday warning C.I.A. employees not to leak information, the C.I.A. director, David H. Petraeus, took note of both cases, saying that the agency “fully supported the investigation from the beginning and will continue to do so.”….