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December 15th, 2014
01:45 PM ET

Jailed CIA officer: 'Crimes were committed,' officers should be 'prosecuted'

(CNN) - John Kiriakou, a man at the center of the public's awareness of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program, broke his silence for the first time since the bombshell U.S. Senate report was released, and is calling for CIA interrogators to be prosecuted.

Kiriakou, a former CIA case officer, ran counter-terrorism operations inside Pakistan in the weeks and months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. He is currently serving time at the Federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania, having pleaded guilty to leaking classified information about the CIA in his dealings with journalists.

"I think it's not unreasonable to not look at those officers for prosecution. But the real issues is what to do with officers who went over and above what had been authorized by the Justice Department," Kiriakou told CNN's Jake Tapper in a phone interview. "I think it’s clear from the Senate torture report and also from [CIA] Director [John] Brennan’s comments that crimes were committed, and I think that the officers who committed those crimes ought to be prosecuted."

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