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Message from the Director: Former Officer Convicted in Leak Case

Statement to Employees by Director of Central Intelligence Agency David H. Petraeus on Former Officer Convicted in Leak Case

October 23, 2012


Earlier today, former Agency officer John Kiriakou pled guilty to one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) and, under the terms of a plea agreement, he will receive a sentence of 30 months in prison.  As you may know, the FBI arrested Kiriakou in January on charges that he illegally disclosed national defense information to reporters concerning some of his fellow CIA officers, that he revealed the identity of an undercover officer to a reporter, and that he made false statements to our Publications Review Board.

This case yielded the first IIPA successful prosecution in 27 years, and it marks an important victory for our Agency, for our Intelligence Community, and for our country.  Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy.  Accordingly, I thank our legal and counterintelligence specialists for their contributions to this effort, and I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Department of Justice in bringing this case to a successful conclusion.


David H. Petraeus

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Posted: Oct 24, 2012 10:45 AM
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