Why Trump’s Next Pardon Should Be CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Why Trump’s Next Pardon Should Be CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

President Donald Trump should pardon John Kiriakou as soon as possible. He should do so to reverse former president Barack Obama’s worst injustice: putting a man in prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation techniques, now widely considered to be torture and banned by Obama himself.

Kiriakou was highly decorated during his 14 years of CIA counterterrorism service. In 2007, he went public with what the CIA was doing to prisoners—which current CIA director Gina Haspel most recently disowned in a letter to Senator Mark Warner: “[T]he program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world. With both the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.” Kiriakou’s objections catalyzed the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which strengthened and clarified existing interrogation prohibitions.

Kiriakou’s alleged crime was confirming the identity of a CIA agent to an ABC news reporter who maintained its confidentiality and never published it. No CIA officer or former officer was injured or threatened, and no intelligence method was disclosed.

President George W. Bush’s Department of Justice thoroughly investigated Kiriakou, concluded no crime had been committed, and closed the case.

Then came Barack Obama. He appointed John Brennan, a nemesis of Kiriakou’s, as deputy national security advisor and then CIA director. Brennan ordered Kiriakou’s case re-opened. Then-FBI director Robert Mueller formed a “John Kiriakou Task Force.” No new evidence was unearthed. Yet Obama’s Department of Justice charged Kiriakou with five felonies for conduct the Bush administration had concluded he was innocent of

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was so typically, and sneakily, immoral on the part of President ("You ratted what we were doing out, so now, I'm taking my revenge") Obama, that it has to make thinking people wonder about the great schism between his public personna (poetic, and eloquent enough, if the Chiron didn't stumble), and those vindictive, and mendacious tendecies which plagued his presidency, and led to a real rise in the use of extrajudicial assassinations, and in siding with the megalomaniacal monarch, Saudi Arabia's
Prince Bin Salman, in his decision to involve the US military with the Saudi military campaign in Yemen in 2015.

Yemen Crisis Forum: Saudi military campaign, US Involvement.