A close friend of Kiriakou has generously offered to deliver our petition to White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough this week. More than 16,000 activists have already signed on – but we are putting together a final push to secure more names.
Kiriakou has now served a month in prison for sharing the name of a colleague to journalists as a source. The disclosure was part of Kiriakou’s efforts to expose the CIA torture under the Bush administration. To this day, Kiriakou is the only person connected to the torture program to go to prison, and he did not participate in the torture. Instead, he blew the whistle on it.
Delivering a petition with thousands of names directly to President Obama’s chief of staff will send a powerful message that Kiriakou’s imprisonment is unconscionable. However, we also realize this may be a small first step and no matter what happens, we will not stop fighting for Kiriakou’s pardon. In the coming months, we will write letters, run ads, launch phone calls, and continue to fight for fair justice in this case.