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Why is this ex-CIA whistleblower going to prison?

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When 15-year CIA veteran John C. Kiriakou first started speaking out against waterboarding in 2007, he probably never imagined that he would be the first officer convicted of leaking information to journalists. Facing a decade or more for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, Kiriakou took a plea deal that will see him only do 30 months for divulging the name of a covert agent to the press. But should he be going to prison at all? The New York Times takes a look at Kiriakou’s case, interviews former co-workers, and traces back the sources of the ex-operative's predicament.