Saturday, January 11, 2014

Imprisoned Whistleblower John Kiriakou Needs Readers’ Help

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

It seems when government officials make a deal, they apparently don’t keep to their part of a bargain! Or, at least that’s what happened to John Kiriakou, the CIA whistleblower who President Obama prosecuted about waterboarding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba under the Bush-Cheney Administration.

John used to write “Letters from Loretto” about life in the federal pen. He filed complaints about the prison staff. Both those activities clearly provoked prison officials to enter into a deal with John, if he would stop those activities. The deal apparently was that he would get released from the federal pen earlier to a halfway house rather than spending the full 30 month sentence at Loretto. John kept his part of the bargain: he stopped writing his letters detailing life at Loretto and he refused interviews from the press. But, it seems he’s not getting out of the pen any sooner and so he’s asking for the public’s help to lobby prison officials on his behalf, as a decision about his release will be made at the end of this month, January 2014.