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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Blood from a Stone

July 29, 2015 | I went to Athens to see what economic catastrophe looks like on the ground — and what I saw shocked me.


All Hacked Up

June 17, 2015 | The Justice Department should stop targeting hardworking Americans and start protecting us from actual threats.

Josh Duggar with Women and Sarah Palin

Three Felonies a Day

June 10, 2015 | In the world’s most incarcerated country, some high-profile sex offenders walk free.

The dangers of being a whistleblower

Letter to Loretto

May 5, 2015 | A whistleblower bids farewell to incarceration and moves on with his life.

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