Leaker versus whistleblower
The sentencing of a former CIA officer on Friday in Virginia may be framed on his reputation, not the crime. John Kiriakou will get 2 1/2 years for leaking the name of a covert operative in the agency to a reporter but it may come down to how he's portrayed. To his supporters, he's an anti-torture whistleblower paying the price for doing the right thing by exposing what they consider were the worst aspects of the government's enhanced interrogation program. But to federal prosecutors, he was motivated by fame and money. They also contend his first public statements defended the CIA's use of waterboarding.
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