Ex-CIA greek man arrested for treason

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Lying greeks

Lancaster, UK

#1 Jan 25, 2013
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20908...

Can you trust them?
I don't think so...83 per cent of greeks celebrated 9/11

Obama is watching you greeks....
UK Observer

Enfield, UK

#2 Jan 25, 2013
Can you trust a cat to lookafter a piece of meat?
True Brit

Nicosia, Cyprus

#3 Jan 25, 2013
Can you trust the abobve idiots to say something sensible??
Real True Brit

London, UK

#4 Jan 25, 2013
http://www.helleniccomserve.com/tackling_anti...

Greek Americans acutely embarrassed by Greek anti-Americanism
Gerbil Mutlu Genclikcik

UK

#5 Jan 25, 2013
greex!

Since: Mar 10

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#6 Jan 28, 2013
What did former CIA officer Kiriakou really reveal?
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28 January 2013 / NEW YORK

On Friday former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer John Kiriakou was found guilty of revealing the identity of another CIA covert agent to journalists and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Kiriakou admitted in court that he had disclosed classified information about another CIA employee whose identity had to be kept under secrecy according to the law.
“John Kiriakou betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by the United States, and he betrayed his colleagues whose secrecy is their only safety. In his own words to the FBI, John Kiriakou called actions such as his,‘immoral' and the potential damage done ‘terrifying.' John Kiriakou put the life of a covert officer at risk, he put the officer's family in danger and he exposed our nation's vital secrets. Oaths matter and today's sentence should serve as reminder to those who are entrusted with classified information that damage done by leaks is not speculative or hypothetical -- it is actual and substantial, and the Justice Department will hold them accountable,” said US Attorney Neil H. MacBride on Friday.
But who was Kiriakou, what did he actually reveal to journalists and why was it so important and complicated?
According to court records, Kiriakou was a CIA intelligence officer between 1990 and 2004 and worked in the CIA's headquarters and on various classified overseas assignments.
The court records also stated that Kiriakou had disclosed the contact information of a CIA officer along with his association with an operation to capture Abu Zubaydah, a terrorist suspect who was believed to be a high ranking al-Qaeda operative. One of the journalists who Kiriakou was associated with was a New York Times reporter. And in June 22, 2008, the reporter, Scott Shane, ran an exclusive story about the CIA's illegal interrogation techniques titled “Inside a 9/11 Mastermind's Interrogation,” revealing the name of the CIA officer, Deuce Martinez, who was responsible for the harsh interrogation techniques.
“The interrogator, Deuce Martinez, a soft-spoken analyst who spoke no Arabic, had turned down a C.I.A. offer to be trained in water boarding. He chose to leave the infliction of pain and panic to others, the gung-ho paramilitary types whom the more cerebral interrogators called ‘knuckledraggers',” wrote the reporter in his exclusive piece.

Since: Mar 10

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#7 Jan 28, 2013
It is important to note that the CIA had asked The New York Times not to publish the name of Martinez, saying that “to identify Mr. Martinez would invade his privacy and put him at risk of retaliation from terrorists or harassment from critics of the agency.”
But The New York Times turned down the request, noting that the name was necessary for the “credibility and completeness of the article.”
In the article, a former CIA officer, most likely, Kiriakou, criticized Martinez for not being eligible for interrogations of terrorist networks:“‘Deuce had a reputation as one of those eggheads who could sit down with a lot of data and make sense out of it,' said one former C.I.A. officer who knew him well. In the agency's great cultural divide, he was a stay-at-home analyst, not an ‘operator,' one of the glamorous spies who recruited foreign agents overseas. His tool was the computer, and until the earthquake of 9/11 his expertise was drug cartels, not terrorist networks.”
In the article, Kiriakou was also quoted with his own name and identity criticizing the harsh interrogation techniques and torture:
“John C. Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. counterterrorism officer who was the first to question Abu Zubaydah, expressed such conflicted views when he spoke publicly to ABC News and other news organizations late last year. In a December interview with The Times, before being cautioned by the C.I.A. not to discuss classified matters, Mr. Kiriakou, who was not present for the waterboarding but read the resulting intelligence reports, said he had been told that Abu Zubaydah became compliant after 35 seconds of the water treatment.
“‘It was like flipping a switch,' Mr. Kiriakou said of the shift from resistance to cooperation. He said he thought such ‘desperate measures' were justified in the ‘desperate time' in 2002 when another attack seemed imminent. But on reflection, he said, he had concluded that waterboarding was torture and should not be permitted.‘We Americans are better than that,' he said.
But what Kiriakou actually did was not only revealing the illegal interrogation techniques applied to detainees but also questioning the information gathered during these interrogations.
It is important to note that Zubaydah was called an “al-Qaeda associate,” a “long-time ally of [Osama] bin Laden,” a “bin Laden lieutenant,” and an “al-Qaeda lieutenant” by the 9-11 Commission. He was even believed to be one of the masterminds of the Sept. 11 attacks. The commission reported that Zubaydah “helped operate a popular terrorist training camp [Khalden camp] near the border with Pakistan,” and that bin Laden had an agreement with Zubaydah to “conduct reciprocal recruiting efforts whereby promising trainees at the camps would be invited to join the al-Qaeda. Zubaydah had been a major figure in the millennium plots.”
These allegations were provided primarily by the torture testimony of Zubaydah during the interrogations disclosed by Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his involvement with The New York Times story.
So Kiriakou not only disclosed a CIA agent's identity but also revealed that everything known about Zubaydah and his supposed relations with al-Qaeda was completely a myth.
Eventually, in September 2009, as indicated in the Foreign Policy Journal, the US government agreed that Zubaydah was never an al-Qaeda operative. He was never involved in the attacks on the African embassies in 1998 nor in the attacks on the US on Sept. 11, 2001:

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#8 Jan 28, 2013
“…the Government has not contended in this proceeding that Petitioner [Zubaydah] was a member of al-Qaida or otherwise formally identified with al-Qaida.
“Respondent [The United States Government] does not contend that Petitioner was a ‘member' of al-Qaida in the sense of having sworn a bayat [allegiance] or having otherwise satisfied any formal criteria that either Petitioner or al-Qaida may have considered necessary for inclusion in al-Qaida. Nor is the Government detaining Petitioner based on any allegation that Petitioner views himself as part of al-Qaida as a matter of subjective personal conscience, ideology or worldview.
“The Government has not contended in this proceeding that Petitioner had any direct role in or advance knowledge of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“… the Government has not contended that Petitioner had any personal involvement in planning or executing either the 1998 embassy bombings… or the attacks on September 11, 2001.”
MKZ6

Shirley, NY

#9 Jan 28, 2013
Real True Brit wrote:
http://www.helleniccomserve.co m/tackling_antiamericanism.htm l
Greek Americans acutely embarrassed by Greek anti-Americanism
Greek Americans are emberrassed by US antiGreek policies,everybody knows the US UK involment in 1974 .US goverment only cares about strategic locations ,Israel ? the jews run the senate.Kissinger for the Greeks is equal to hitler for the jews .I will die for the people of USA but the goverment sucks.sad but true.

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