A former government official has come forward to tell Firedoglake that the government is prosecuting whistleblower John Kiriakou on the charge of revealing an identity of a “covert CIA officer” because the CIA was “totally ticked at Kiriakou for acknowledging the use of torture as state policy.”

According to the official, the “covert CIA officer” — referred to in the indictment as Official A — was “responsible for ensuring the execution” of the worldwide RDI program. They official alleges that Official A traveled between black prison sites in the world and monitored, managed and even allegedly engaged in torture himself.