Saying, “this case is not a case of a whistleblower,” U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema today sentenced former CIA officer John Kiriakou to 30 months in prison.
Brinkema, a liberal-leaning appointee of President Bill Clinton who sits in the Eastern District of Virigina, said she would respect the 30 month plea agreement Kiriakou reached with prosecutors, but blasted it as “way too light,” according to the New York Times.
Kiriakou served in the CIA from 1990 to 2004. He was indicted in January 2012 on allegations he’d leaked confidential information about CIA operations in the fight against terrorism.
In 2007 Kiriakou said in an on-camera interview with ABC News that the water boarding technique used against terrorism suspects was torture and should be banned. Subsequently, a freelance journalist contacted Kiriakou to ask further questions about water boarding. The ex-CIA officer disclosed in emails with the freelancer the name of an undercover former colleague who had been part of such interrogations.
The freelancer shared the name of the undercover CIA official with a researcher for lawyers representing accused al Qaeda suspects being held in Guantanamo bay, Cuba. When the name of the undercover CIA officer was named in a sealed legal filing, the government began the investigation that led to Kiriakou.
An indictment in January 2012 also included an allegations that Kiriakou had disclosed the identity of a CIA analyst named Deuce Martinez who was described as having assisted in the capture and interrogation of al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah. That charge and others were later dropped.