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SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES
Kiriakou calls himself a moderate, but his views on civil liberties and defending the Constitution appeal to people on both sides of the great American divide. His long list of supporters includes committed liberals Oliver Stone and Ralph Nader and dedicated conservatives Mark Levin and Jerry Fallwell Jr.
He has received more than a thousand letters, all of them offering encouragement and support. He has answered every one.
“Safeguarding classified information, including identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
“(The) charges reinforce the Justice Department’s commitment to hold accountable anyone who would violate the solemn duty not to disclose such sensitive information.”
Kiriakou is planning to write another book. “I’m about a fourth of the way into it,” he said. “There’ll be no punches pulled,” he said.
“My world view is completely different now,. Government is the problem, not the solution.”
In a letter Kiriakou wrote after being sentenced, he noted, “I am a patriotic American, I love our great country. I love the CIA. I always will. I believe the CIA is largely made up of dedicated men and women who want nothing more than to protect the country. But a true patriot, as Thomas Paine wrote, saves his country from the government.”
After leaving the CIA, Kiriakou worked as a consultant and on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He had powerful friends in Washington, but says he has been abandoned by most of them.
Disappointed, but not surprised, he calls them “professional politicians” and said “I was no longer useful to them so they don’t need me.”
COMING MONDAY: His life in prison.