John Kiriakou and John Brennan go way back with the CIA. After nearly eight years in the CIA working in the Middle East, Kiriakou was named Chief of Counter terrorist Operations in Pakistan after 9/11. Brennan had been serving as deputy executive director and later director of the National Counter Terrorism Center during the same era.
while stationed in Pakistan, Kiriakou was in charge of the team that captured and interrogated Abu Zubaydah, (3rd in line in Al Qaida) but soon left the CIA entirely in 2004 for the private sector, including a couple of stints with ABC News. In 2007, Kiriakou told ABC News of the waterboarding of Zubaydah, being the first to disclose the extreme interrogation measures. According to Kiriakou, from that point forward the CIA was out to get him. Though constantly going to the DOJ to get a criminal case against its former agent, the CIA was unable to convince the Justice Department to pursue charges. Then Obama got elected and put John Brennan at the head of the CIA. He eventually became the first CIA officer to ever serve a prison term.
Tucker Carlson interviewed Kiriakou last night to discuss Brennan’s vendetta against the whistleblower. Watch