Ex-CIA agent pleads guilty to leaking identity of covert operative

Image: Saul Loeb Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, accused of…

Image: Saul Loeb

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, accused of leaking sensitive classified information to reporters, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to revealing the identity of a covert operative.

Kiriakou, who initially pleaded not guilty to five federal charges, pleaded guilty to a single count at a hearing at U.S. District Court in Virginia. Under a plea bargain, he is expected to serve 30 months in prison when he is formally sentenced on Jan. 25. Prosecutors, in return, agreed to ask that the Bureau of Prisons let him serve his time at a minimum security camp in Pennsylvania.

Kiriakou, 48, was accused of furnishing classified secrets to a New York Times reporter — and lying to the government — about another CIA officer’s role in the capture of Abu Zubaydah, the former high-ranking al-Qaida leader who was waterboarded more than 80 times after his capture.

Read the rest of Pete Williams, Rich Greenberg and Michael Isikoff’s report at NBC News.

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