Thursday December 18, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
CIA's Kiriakou expresses doubts about agency, Greek terrorism

John Kiriakou, the Greek-American CIA analyst who was sentenced last month to more than two years in jail for revealing the identity of a covert operative, has revealed to Kathimerini his thoughts about the possible emergence of new terrorist activity in Greece and his concerns about the future of the US intelligence agency.

Kiriakou told Sunday’s Kathimerini that he would differentiate the activity of urban guerrilla groups in Greece today and the actions of the November 17 terrorist organization.

“I would not describe recent attacks as terrorism; I would call them criminal,” he said. “A lot of people are suffering the consequences of the economic crisis and this creates fertile ground for the creation of organizations of the far left or far right.”

Kirakou worked with Greek authorities between 1998 and 2000 to help catch members of November 17, which he described as “the most disciplined terrorist organization in Europe.” “There were never any leaks and there were hardly ever any accidents,” he said, adding that the group’s murder of New Democracy MP Pavlos Bakoyannis in 1989 proved a turning point as it turned public opinion against the group.

Kiriakou also suggested that American authorities intentionally allowed rumors about the PASOK government being linked to November 17 to circulate in the 1980s. “In the 1980s, many Americans wanted a bad guy in Greece to blame for the bad relations between the two countries,” he said.

In 2007, Kiriakou became one of the first CIA officials to express concern about the agency’s methods, when he questioned the use of waterboarding. He told Kathimerini that he has fears about the course some of his colleagues at the agency are following. “It is as if they enjoy torturing, killing with drones and spying on American citizens,” he said. “These are very dangerous developments that we have to stop before we find ourselves living in a country with no civil rights and personal freedom.”

ekathimerini.com , Saturday February 9, 2013 (17:47)  
Universities ask state to reverse mobility scheme
Thessaloniki metro off track again
Little cheer for gov´t in first presidential ballot as Dimas draws 160 votes
Greek Parliament fails to elect president in first ballot
Stores will open on Dec 28, but traders aren’t too happy about it
It has emerged that commercial stores will be officially allowed to open on the last Sunday of the year, December 28, as the Development Ministry submitted an amendment to its multi-bill in ...
More Britons and Americans eyeing Greece for vacations
Greece enjoyed the fifth-biggest increase in Google searches from the UK market this year in the category of emerging holiday destinations, according to a chart published by the world’s bigg...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Pappas helps Greens overcome Aris
An impressive Nikos Pappas averted an upset by Aris and ensured Panathinaikos retained its perfect record on Tuesday, one day after Olympiakos thrashed Panionios at Nea Smyrni for the Basket...
´Wee Jay´ and idol Georgios Samaras receive Greek sports journalists´ award at Athens gala
A 10-year-old Irish fan of Greek striker Georgios Samaras was in Athens on Monday at the invitation of the Greek Sports Journalists' Association, which honored outstanding achievements in sp...
Inside Sports
To keep Turkey democratic, tie it closer to EU
Sunday's arrest of two dozen policemen and journalists in Turkey, including the editor of the country's most popular newspaper and a producer of television dramas, was just the latest eviden...
COMMENTARY
Greek stocks and bonds suggest government may fall
Greek lawmakers will vote Wednesday on whether to back Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's choice for a new head of state. The collective wisdom of financial markets suggests his gambit may fai...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Stores will open on Dec 28, but traders aren’t too happy about it
2. More Britons and Americans eyeing Greece for vacations
3. Vodafone and Wind to bid for Forthnet
4. Credit line conditions laid out
5. Bourse index recovers some lost ground
6. Piraeus ambitions one step closer as China signs Balkan bullet train deal
more news
Today
This Week
1. Leftist SYRIZA leading ND by 3.2 pct, survey shows
2. High stakes
3. The secret is out
4. Poll gives SYRIZA clear lead
5. Greek political fallout a worry, but financial contagion seen limited
6. Samaras seeks Parliament’s backing to stop SYRIZA threat
Today
This Week
1. Juncker warns Greeks against voting 'extreme forces' into power
2. Romanos and the dilemma
3. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
4. East Europe scrambles for energy after Putin kills South Stream
5. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
6. Anarchist Nikos Romanos ends hunger strike
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.