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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A 14-year CIA veteran was sentenced to more than two years in prison Friday for leaking a covert officer’s identity to a reporter.

The 2 1/2-year sentence for John Kiriakou, 48, of Arlington, had been negotiated in advance as part of a plea bargain he struck with federal prosecutors last year for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. No one had been convicted under the law since 1985, when a former CIA clerk received two years in prison for divulging classified information about operations in Ghana to an agent from that country with whom she had been romantically involved.

At Friday’s sentencing hearing, though, U.S. District Judge Leone Brinkema made clear she would have sentenced Kiriakou to far more than 30 months if she had the discretion.

“I think 30 months is, frankly, way too light,” Brinkema said. “This case is not a case about a whistleblower…

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