Re "Why give
The 1982 act requires intent to reveal covert names to people not authorized to receive them, an intent Panetta did not have, but which Kiriakou pleaded guilty to.
Kiriakou was correctly sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the 1982 law.
Kiriakou's plight offers a mirror on the corrupting influence of the so-called national security state.
While it's OK to give a pass to presidents, vice presidents and CIA directors, lowly underlings like Kiriakou are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. While the perpetrators (among whom I include
Inevitably, this is what happens when a republic embraces imperial ambitions. Democracy and empire are mutually exclusive — one must prevail in the long term. America, which will it be?