Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former CIA Officer and Convicted Felon Joins Think Tank IPS

Think Tank Watch has learned that former CIA officer turned whistleblower John Kiriakou has been hired by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a liberal/progressive think tank, to work on penal-system issues.  He apparently got the job after posting on Facebook that he needed employment.

Kiriakou served 23 months in prison for confirming the name of a CIA operative to a reporter.  He apparently got the job while still incarcerated, and since the Bureau of Prisons said it was inappropriate to talk about prison reform while he was still officially incarcerated, his start date for the job was delayed until May, when his sentence ended.

Kiriakou is now officially an Associate Fellow at the think tank, and his writings can be found here.

Last year, Think Tank Watch wrote about an IPS scholar who was fired from his position due to his stance on climate change.

Here is a Think Tank Watch list of former spies and intelligence officers who now work at think tanks.