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  •  two posts by Marcy Wheeler - i.e., emptywheel (15+ / 0-)

    Marcy became well known for her live blogging of the Scooter Libby trial. She writes a lot about the law.

    Here are two posts today about the case in this diary.

    http://www.emptywheel.net/...

    http://www.emptywheel.net/...

    •  Thanks! (12+ / 0-)

      Steven Aftergood of FAS has some great insights as well:

      For one thing, it remains to be shown that the “covert officer” whose identity was allegedly disclosed to a reporter by Kiriakou actually falls within the ambit of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.  To be subject to the Act’s penalties, the covert officer in question — whose identity has not been publicly revealed — must not only be under cover but must also have served abroad within the past 5 years.

      . . .

      But there is no known indication that Mr. Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer, had a bad faith purpose to harm the United States, and every indication of the opposite.

      http://www.fas.org/...

      My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

      by Jesselyn Radack on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 08:43:08 AM PDT

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    •  punish Kiriakou for refusing to accept plea ? (4+ / 0-)
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      Did DOJ Ratchet Up the Charges Against Kiriakou Because of Poland Investigation? April 5, 2012 by emptywheel

      When John Kiriakou was first charged with espionage, he was charged with four counts:
       •Leaking Covert Officer A’s identity under IIPA section B
       •Leaking Deuce Martinez’ identity under defense information clause of Espionage Act
       •Leaking Deuce Martinez’ tie to the torture program under defense information clause of Espionage Act
       •Lying to the CIA’s Publication Review Board; falsifying a material fact
      In today’s indictment, Kiriakou was charged with five counts:
       •Leaking Covert Officer A’s identity under IIPA section A
       •Leaking Covert Officer A’s tie to the torture program under defense information clause of Espionage Act
       •Leaking Deuce Martinez’ identity under defense information clause of Espionage Act
       •Leaking Deuce Martinez’ tie to the torture program under defense information clause of Espionage Act
       •Lying to the CIA’s Publication Review Board; falsifying a material fact
      Not only did they ratchet up the IIPA violation to one that carries a 10 year, as opposed to a 5 year, penalty, but they also added a violation of the Espionage Act tied to Covert Officer A’s ties to the torture program.

      This is likely designed to punish Kiriakou for refusing to accept their plea deal.

      http://www.emptywheel.net/...

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      by allenjo on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 12:19:08 PM PDT

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    •  here's an interview on Truthout with Kiriakou (3+ / 0-)
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      by aliasalias on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 01:23:03 PM PDT

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