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Charles Faddis
Charles Faddis
Former CIA operations officer, Charles Faddis, served for twenty years in the Near East, South Asia and Europe. In May 2008, he retired as head of the CIA's WMD terrorism unit. Charles now hosts The United States of Common Sense. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich | Charles Faddis, Cia, Maryland, Author, Attorney, Central Intelligence Agency, Spy,

Intelligence leaks becoming more and more prevalent

Aaron Stipkovich and Charles Faddis cover the news that days ago, David Petraeus, the Director of Central Intelligence Agency, spoke about a former CIA officer who has been convicted for leaking information to the media and more.

Former Agency officer John Kiriakou wound up pleading guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (also known as the IIPA) and is sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Now, for a brief background, you'll recall the FBI arrested Kiriakou in January on charges that he illegally disclosed national defense information to reporters concerning some of his fellow CIA officers, that he revealed the identity of an undercover officer to a reporter, and that he made false statements to the CIA Publications Review Board.

According to the Agency, this case yielded the first IIPA successful prosecution in 27 years, and it marks an important victory for the CIA, for our Intelligence Community, and for our country. Personally, I agree with Petraeus in that Oaths do matter, and there are unquestionably consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect US Intelligence officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with a modicum degree of secrecy.

On today's show is a friend who is no stranger to secrecy. Charles Faddis, retired CIA Officer, with twenty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He has worked against the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world and has extensive firsthand experience with their methodology and tactics. His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA's terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in the Summer of 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and has worked extensively in the field with law enforcement, local security forces and special operations teams. He's also an author and of course, host of the United States of Common Sense here on AND Magazine.

The first thought that comes to mind is "Wikileaks", the Seal Team 6 book, and now this.

John Kiriakou
John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer and former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In 2012 Kiriakou was convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the Espionage Act, and of making false statements to the Publications Review Board of the CIA. | John Kiriakou, Cia, Leaks, Spy, Intelligence, Guilty, Prison,



Charles Faddis
Charles Faddis

Former CIA operations officer, Charles Faddis, served for twenty years in the Near East, South Asia and Europe. In May 2008, he retired as head of the CIA's WMD terrorism unit. Charles now hosts The United States of Common Sense. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich, StipkoPhoto.com |
Charles S. Faddis, President of Orion Strategic Services, LLC is a former CIA operations officer with twenty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He has worked against the most dangerous terrorist organizations on the planet and has extensive firsthand experience with their methodology and tactics. His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA's terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in the Summer of 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and has worked extensively in the field with law enforcement, local security forces and special operations teams. Since retirement, he has written extensively and provided training to a wide variety of government and private entities.

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