Kiriakou was indicted in 2012. The indictment included the charge that Kiriakou disclosed the name of a covert CIA operative, and classified information about that operative and another employee, to a reporter.
The indictment also alleged that Kiriakou confirmed the identity of a CIA employee to a New York Times journalist, who published the name of the officer in a June 2008 article that revealed the officer's role in the Abu Zubaydah interrogation. Kiriakou also allegedly told the journalist that Abu Zubaydah was interrogated using a "magic box," information that appeared in the same New York Times article.
Kiriakou pled guilty to disclosing the name of an operative. Four other charges, including making false statements and three counts of violating the Espionage Act, were dropped.
More than 2,000 people have signed an on-line petition that calls Kiriakou a "hero" and whistleblower and asks President Obama to commute his sentence.