Ex-CIA man accused of leaks seeks classified data

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 2:04 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a former CIA officer accused of leaking the names of covert operatives say they will need to expose a wide array of government secrets to provide an adequate defense for their client at trial.

Court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria show that lawyers for former CIA officer John Kiriakou (keer-ee-AH'-koo) want to reveal details of the CIA's capture of al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah and further details about the life of the exposed covert operative. They also want to depose the journalists who allegedly received the leaks.

Prosecutors say such disclosures are unnecessary and an attempt to dissuade the government from bringing Kiriakou to trial.

A judge will decide what disclosures are necessary after balancing Kiriakou's trial rights against the government's secrecy interests.

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