USA – Whistle-blower John Kiriakou exposes government complicity in torture (Video interview)

waterboardingIn a recent interview on Breaking the Set on RT, former CIA agent, John Kiriakou, exposes the United States government official complicity in torturing terrorist suspects.

John Kiriakou was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison for disclosing details of a covert CIA operative after exposing the use of waterboarding as a form of torture for terrorism suspects.

The exposure took place during an interview Kiriakou gave to ABC News, where he told the interviewer that a close aide of Osama Bin Laden, Abu Zubaydah, had been waterboarded as a means to extract answers to the interrogator’s questions.

The result of this interview and further revelations about the incident in subsequent interviews, and in Kiriakou’s book, led to him being charged on the 23rd January for repeatedly disclosing classified information, including the name of the covert CIA officer.

After plea bargaining and agreeing to plead guilty to one count of passing classified information, Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.

While waiting for official confirmation of the date he is to start his prison sentence, Kiriakou gave an interview to Abby Martin on Breaking the Set.

Kiriakou was prosecuted while others known to be involved in torture escaped any investigation by the authorities.

During the interview, Kiriakou stated that he did not agree to the government sanctioned torture of suspects that was taking place during the time he was with the CIA. Torture was referred to within the CIA was referred to as ‘Advanced Interrogation Techniques’, and Kiriakou refused an offer by his CIA supervisor to go on a special training course in these techniques for CIA operatives.

When asked if he thought those who put the torture programme together would ever face prosecution, Kiriakou replied “I don’t actually. I think that president Obama just like president Bush has made a conscious decision to allow the torturers, to allow the people who conceived of the tortures and implemented the policy, to allow the people who destroyed the evidence of the torture and the attorneys who used specious legal analysis to approve of the torture to walk free. And I think that once this decision has been made – that’s the end of it and nobody will be prosecuted, except me.”

You can watch the video below, or on Youtube,


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