Former CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou will relate his riveting story about revealing torture and his imprisonment for reporting it when he appears on a panel at Anatolia College of Thessaloniki (ACT) on Sept. 28 that will take on the topics of corruption and whistleblowing.
He was the first CIA officer to be convicted for passing classified information to a reporter, although the name of the operative wasn’t revealed as he said charges were brought to make an example of him for being a whistleblower.
Kiriakou had been instrumental in a number of key CIA operations and working as a counter-terrorism officer in Athens out of the Embassy after November 17 had killed five Americans, including the then CIA station chief Richard Welch in 1975.
Also on the panel, Clear Answers to Corruption: Transparency, Whistleblowing, is noted author Suelette Dreyfus, a University of Melbourne lecturer who operates Blueprint for Free Speech, investigative journalist Tasos Telloglou, Prof. Vasilis Barkoukis from the Sports faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Anna Damaskou, Chair of Transparency International Greece.
The moderator of the event at the Dukakis Center is ACT Adjunct Professor Lambrini Nassis, an attorney who practices in New York and Greece.
ACT is the tertiary division of Anatolia. The event will take place on the ACT campus, under the auspices of the Dukakis Center and co-host Transparency International Greece.