Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty to Classified Information Leak

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A former Central Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to one charge of disclosing the name of an undercover CIA agent, reported Reuters.
The man, John Kirakou, is expected to serve 2 1/2 years in a minimum-security prison reported The Washington Post. Reuters said this instance marks the first time in 27 years an American has been jailed for exposing the identity of an undercover CIA operative.
Kiriakou has a history of aiding journalists by supplying information about CIA practices including waterboarding and specifically the interrogation of al Qaeda agent Abu Zubaydah, reports Reuters.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema told Reuters the ruling was "reasonable under the circumstances" as it was the same sentence given to I Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former White House aide who blew a CIA officer's cover in 2007. Libby was spared prison as Bush minimized his sentence, said Reuters.
The Justice Department agreed to drop four other charges against Kiriakou, including that he had lied to the CIA's publication review board regarding the contents of his memoir prior to publishing, reports The Washington Post.
Previously, Kiriakou pleaded not guilty to all charges, stating that he had never knowingly shared classified information, reported The Washington Post. According to The Washington Post, the charges eventually leveraged against him stemmed from e-mail exchanges with reporters and responses to FBI agents' claims he had disclosed confidential information.

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