John Kiriakou was recently released from prison after serving a sentence of two and a half years for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

Kiriakou was the first CIA operative to publicly confirm the agency’s use of waterboarding after 9/11 and is credited with exposing the U.S. government’s use of torture tactics under President George W. Bush.

In January 2013, in the midst of the Obama administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers, Kiriakou entered a plea deal admitting to identifying an officer involved in the CIA’s interrogation operation to a reporter who subsequently didn’t publish the information.

Kiriakou, who is spending the next three months under house arrest, tells Amy Goodman on Monday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” that, despite the consequences, he doesn’t regret his actions:

— Posted by Donald Kaufman.

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