CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Indicted by Grand Jury

| by Michael Allen

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who revealed the CIA's use of waterboarding suspects was charged in January with leaking secrets to journalists. This week he was indicted by a grand jury in Virginia.

The indictment charged Kiriakou with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and three counts of violating the Espionage Act, which is used to prosecute spies who give top secret information to enemies of the U.S.

The indictment also charged him with making false statements to the CIA.

During an interview with ABC News in December 2007, Kiriakou became the first US official to describe how top Al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah was subjected to waterboarding, which is defined as "torture" by the Geneva Convention and an anti-torture U.N. resolution signed by President Reagan in the 1980s.