"My reputation preceded me, and a rumor got started that I was a CIA hitman."
This letter about prison life (PDF) by John Kiriakou, who’s serving 30 months in the federal pen for disclosing the name of a covert CIA agent to a journalist, makes for fascinating reading. Kiriakou also helped blow the whistle on the agency’s use of waterboarding.
"Last Tuesday, the President of the United States signed into law the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As President Obama was signing this bill into law, Bradley [Manning] and I were in the courtroom for [his trial]…How can you reconcile that? I don’t know the answer to that question."
— David Coombs, lawyer for Bradley Manning, the jailed soldier accused by the government of leaking national security information to WikiLeaks.