Bruce Riedel wrote in the Forward to The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, by John Kiriakou and Michael Ruby:
IN THE INTELLIGENCE business you learn early who you can rely on to get the job done right. John Kiriakou is one of those people. In a brilliant career he demonstrated the ability to understand what is important in confused and complex situations and how to judge information to discern how reliable and accurate it is. In this book he provides unique insights into the world of contemporary intelligence analysis and collection and into the real-world battle America is fighting against terrorism. Every American who wants to understand that battle needs to read this book; any American who wants to know what it is really like to work as an intelligence officer in the CIA should start here.
Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1964 and raised in nearby New Castle, John graduated from New Castle High School in 1982 and left for Washington, DC, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
From 1990 until March 2004, first as an analyst, and later as a counterterrorism operations officer, John served in the Central Intelligence Agency. He became chief of counterterrorist operations in Pakistan following the September 11 attacks acting as a senior operations officer. His tour culminated in the March 2002 with the capture of Abu Zubaydah, al-Qa’ida’s third-ranking official.
When he returned from Pakistan, John was named Executive Assistant to the CIA’s Deputy Director for Operations. In that capacity, John was the principal Iraq briefer for the Director of Central Intelligence.
John then became senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after a brief time in the private sector, where he focused on international terrorism, piracy, and counternarcotics. Additionally, John served as senior intelligence advisor to the Committee’s chairman, Senator John Kerry.
Following his service on the Hill, John became an intelligence and counterterrorism consultant and author.
But as a whistleblower relating the truth about the torture policy practiced by the CIA against prisoners in Agency custody
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