John Kiriakou was one of the good guys when he worked as an intelligence operative for the CIA from 1990 to 2004. But after he blew the whistle on torture in 2007, the FBI started investigating him and, he says, even attempted to entrap him in a scheme involving a fake diplomat.

Kiriakou says he avoided the FBI’s trap, but he later got in trouble for revealing the name of a former non-covert CIA agent to a New York Times reporter. The disclosure led to his prosecution in 2012 for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act—a 1982 amendment to the National Security Act of 1947—and Kiriakou served more than two years in prison as a result. He was released in 2015 and now is working to reform security abuses in America.

— Posted by Eric Ortiz

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