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John Kiriakou: “I swore to uphold the Constitution”

In an interview on Democracy Now!, former CIA agent John Kiriakou discussed his recent conviction on a count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Kiriakou, who will soon begin serving a sentence of 30 months in prison, defended his decision to disclose waterboarding by the Bush administration.

Former Director Petraeus…said that my conviction shows that we have to take our oaths seriously. Well, I took my oath seriously. My oath was to the Constitution. On my first day at the CIA, I put my hand up and I swore to uphold the Constitution. And to me, torture is unconstitutional, and it’s something that we should not be in the business of doing.’ – John Kiriakou

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