zondag 22 maart 2015 - 17:15
Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
Journalist Marnix de Bruyne talks to Academy Award nominated director James Spione and whistleblower John Kiriakou (through Skype).
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker James Spione has been directing, producing, writing and editing both documentary and fiction films for over twenty years. Early on in his career, he developed a reputation for suspenseful dramatic short films; his later career, however, has been marked by a new focus on short and feature-length documentaries for both theatrical release and public television broadcast. Before Silenced Spione produced the Oscar-nominated "Incident in New Baghdad," a first-person account of the infamous July 12, 2007, Baghdad airstrike that killed two Reuters journalists, along with about a dozen other mostly unarmed individuals, in a suburb of Baghdad during one of the most violent and chaotic periods of the Iraq War. The attack achieved worldwide notoriety in April of 2010 when the WikiLeaks website released a video recording of the incident filmed from the cockpit of one of the helicopters.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant for ABC News, blogger for Huffington Post, and author. He was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate Al Qaeda prisoners,
which he described as torture. On October 22, 2012, Kiriakou pleaded guilty to disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer that connected the covert operative to a specific operation. He was the first person to pass classified information to a reporter, although the reporter did not publish the name of the operative. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison on January 25, 2013, and served his term from February 28, 2013 until 3 February 2015 at the low-security Federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania.