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Ex-CIA officer pleads guilty to identifying agent A former US Central Intelligence Agency officer pleaded guilty today to disclosing the identity of a covert agent, saying he revealed the name in an email to a journalist in 2008. John Kiriakou, 48, entered the plea in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is expected to spend up to 2-1/2 years in prison for the secrecy violation, in which he helped journalists who wanted information on the CIA’s interrogation of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah. The guilty plea closes one of several prosecutions the Obama administration has brought in an aggressive campaign against alleged leakers of classified information. His Justice Department has prosecuted more leak cases than all previous administrations combined. Kiriakou was to go on trial next month on the disclosure allegation and four other charges. He had said he was not guilty when the charges were made public in January. Kiriakou briefly lashed out at prosecutors during a 30-minute court hearing. He told Judge Leonie Brinkema that prosecutors required him to describe in court papers too much of his contact with journalists, with the coauthor of a memoir about Kiriakou’s life as a CIA agent, and with FBI…

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