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Former C.I.A. Officer Is the First to Face Prison for a Classified Leak --Mr. Kiriakou first stumbled into the public limelight by speaking out about waterboarding on television in 2007. 06 Jan 2013 On Jan. 25, John C. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison as part of a plea deal in which he admitted violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by e-mailing the name of a covert C.I.A. officer to a freelance reporter, who did not publish it. The law was passed in 1982, aimed at radical publications that deliberately sought to out undercover agents... In more than six decades of fraught interaction between the agency and the news media, John Kiriakou is the first current or former C.I.A. officer to be convicted of disclosing classified information to a reporter. Mr. Kiriakou, 48, earned numerous commendations in nearly 15 years at the C.I.A., some of which were spent undercover overseas chasing 'Al Qaeda' and other terrorist groups.