- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - An ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking a covert operative’s identity has been released from prison after nearly two years, and will serve the rest of the sentence under home confinement.

John Kiriakou (keer-ee-AH’-koo) was a CIA veteran who helped capture al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in 2002. Abu Zubaydah was subsequently subjected to waterboarding, a fact that Kiriakou publicly confirmed and later condemned.

In 2012, Kiriakou pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria to leaking the name of a CIA chief in the agency’s rendition and interrogation program to a reporter. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Kiriakou supporters say he was subjected to a double standard in which the CIA overlooks leaks it deems favorable. Former Congressman Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, called for Kiriakou’s pardon.

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