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CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou on What We Learned From FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Search Affidavit

The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Via Flickr by Gage Skidmore.

By Kevin Gosztola / The Dissenter

Kevin Gosztola was joined by CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who helped him go through the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search affidavit and break down what was learned. They discussed the construct of “national defense information” and storing classified information in a private residence.

Both offered their responses to the heavy redactions in sections of the affidavit, and John pulled from his expertise to assess the likelihood that “clandestine human sources” were exposed to harm.

John pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA). He was asked if Trump may have violated this particular law.

Toward the end, Kevin and John outline what punishment Trump would face if prosecuted while also grappling with the risk of political fallout for the Justice Department and the FBI if Trump is indicted.

The video has chapters. If you watch on YouTube, you can skip around to the parts that you particularly want to hear.

Kevin Gosztola
Kevin Gosztola

Managing editor of Shadowproof, host of the “Dissenter Weekly,” co-host of the podcast “Unauthorized Disclosure,” and member of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)


  1. I just submitted the following comment on this NYT article — although I have some minor doubts that Chris’s alma mater, “These ‘TIMES’ they are a-changing”, will allow my comment to be approved — despite the fact that my somewhat radical stuff on EMPIRE is frequently accepted in these ‘changing Times’ of progressive truth and courage:

    “Death in Navy SEAL Training Exposes a Culture of Brutality, Cheating and Drugs” and far far more

    Where’s the surprise in the need to train many elements of the “Quiet American” Empire in varied ‘dark arts’ of militarism — along with the many aspects of this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Racist Propagandist Criminal Ecocidal Child-Killing & War-Starting EMPIRE, controlled by the ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWI, <0.003%ers, TCCers, arrogantly self-appointed "Masters of the Universe", and "Evil (not-so) Geniuses" [Kurt Andersen] — which hides Empire behind their totally corrupted dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy?

    Jeffery Sachs's exposure this morning on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now" has now clarified the depth of deceit and propaganda which is required to unpack the truth of why the American Dream supposedly "promising" project went off the rails in 1898 regarding; Mark Twain's 'American Anti-Imperialist League', Henry Wallace's being torpedoed and removed by a DNC/OSS silent coup d'état in 1944, Ike's MIC speech in '61, JFK's unfortunate removal — all in the effort to be "We're #1", "We're #1", "We're #1" in geopolitical primacy of the GINI Coefficient of Wealth, Power, Weapons, and Propaganda.

  2. Yesterday, Joe’s rant against Donnie and Maga is a threat to democracy is curious.
    The rant will not change anyone’s mind but it seems to prepare everybody that criminal charges and jail is coming. It sounds like justifying those charges.
    Probably after upcoming elections.
    The near future will be interesting and exciting.
    The rest of the world will have strong opinions of our American democracy.

  3. Joe McCarthy could never have matched the disgusting fascism of the democrat party—sanders/biden Obama/clinton—-trump slightly better wasn’t fascist and racist enough—they preferred the current corpse installed by emperor gates

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