About John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer who spent two years in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the agency’s use of torture. He wrote OtherWords columns for a year, starting in May 2015. He writes and speaks about national security, whistleblowing, the prison-industrial complex, and foreign policy.

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Articles by John Kiriakou


Dying in Prison

March 30, 2016 | Inmates on their deathbeds should be free to spend their final days with their loved ones.


Torching the Truth

March 9, 2016 | The Pentagon is trying to cover up the toxic effects of its deadly burn pits.


Outrage in Oregon

January 13, 2016 | Taking over a federal building at the point of a rifle gives protest a bad name.