John Kiriakou: Doing Time Like a Spy
Tuesday May 16: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Kiriakou spent the first eight years of his career in the CIA as a Middle East analyst specializing on Iraq. He maintained a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. He learned Arabic and was assigned to the American Embassy in Bahrain. He eventually became CIA's Directorate of Operations. He became a counter-terrorism operations officer and worked on Eurocommunist terrorism.
Kiriakou was named Chief of Counterterrorist Operations in Pakistan. In that position, he led a series of military raids on al-Qaeda safehouses, capturing dozens of al-Qaeda fighters. Kiriakou claims to have led a raid that captured Abu Zubaydah, then thought to be al-Qaeda’s third-ranking official. After all of this John Kiriakou was sent to prison, serving a thirty-month sentence for exposing the CIA’s use of torture on Al Qaeda prisoners.
Doing Time Like A Spy is Kiriakou's memoir of his time in prison and is at once a critical journal of daily prison life and an intimate commentary on the federal prison system.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as John discusses ethics, terrorism, and torture with ABC News Correspondent Brian Ross. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
John Kiriakou is a columnist with Reader Supported News. He was a CIA analyst and case officer, senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, counterterrorism consultant for ABC News, and author.
Brian Ross is an investigative journalist who serves as Chief Investigative Correspondent for ABC News. He reports for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, and ABC News Radio. Ross' investigative reports have often covered government corruption.