Northrop Grumman Accuses Former Whistleblower John Kiriakou of Revenge Porn

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Northrop Grumman, one of the largest military contractors in the world, accused former CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou of revenge porn.  The inaccurate allegations were meant to discredit Kiriakou as many of these false sexual conduct accusations have been used against others including Julian Assange in Sweden.

According to the article on Shadowproof which is seen here:

On August 9, 2019, John Bamford, a detective with the Arlington County Police Department, arrested and charged John Kiriakou with “two counts of illegal dissemination of photographs.”

Bamford obtained search warrants on October 11 for John’s person, vehicles, and home to investigate accusations of “revenge porn” that were apparently false.

The lawsuit contends Bamford knew the search warrants violated the Fourth Amendment because they were not supported by evidence of “revenge porn.”

John’s home was raided on October 15, and Bamford allegedly violated his constitutional rights when he detained and searched John with an “army of two dozen Arlington County Police and FBI officers nearby.”

Over seven and a half hours, electronics and other items from John’s home were apparently inventoried and seized. A 2016 Vespa LXV scooter was impounded for three weeks before authorities finally returned it.

The photos showed Heather in a bikini with a thong-style bottom. They were taken by Heather, and they were in emails to “her Northrop Grumman lover,” according to the complaint.

“Heather Kiriakou’s motivations for her knowing, intentional, false, and malicious accusation was to secure a litigating advantage in a pending child custody dispute with plaintiff, to diminish her sense of guilt over her adultery, and to retaliate against plaintiff for exposing her adulterous affair in the course of whistleblowing on defendant’s business travel fraud via Northrop’s ethics hotline,” the complaint argues.

The charges were dismissed on March 16 after a judge barred him from seeing his children.

John Kiriakou is seeking damages for “severe emotional distress” including loss of contact with his children, “acute depression requiring psychiatric care,” and “alienation from friends and professional colleagues.”

Having had many conversations with John myself, I can say this man is very respectful and honest and I cannot picture him involving himself in such a matter.  This is clearly revenge on Northrop Grumman’s part as much of John’s advocacy on “Loud and Clear,” (a radio show he hosts on Sputnik) is critical of America’s foreign policies which would affect Northrop Grumman’s business in a negative way.

John Kiriakou did time for whistleblowing on the CIA’s torture program and had since put his life back together.  His children are his world.  Many of his Facebook posts are him showing his pride in his kids.

According to the same article in Shadowproof:

According to the complaint [PDF], Heather was allegedly involved in an affair with a Northrop executive. John contacted Northrop’s ethics office in July 2018 to inform them that he “possessed documents” showing Heather, a director of global business development at Northrop, and an executive “fraudulently billed” the company for “business travel.” However, they were engaged in “tens of thousands of dollars” of “personal travel” that involved cheating on him.

The ethics office allegedly “instructed” John to transmit the documents he claimed he possessed, but subsequently, Northrop shared the documents with Heather and engaged in retaliation.

“Heather Kiriakou’s motivations for her knowing, intentional, false, and malicious accusation was to secure a litigating advantage in a pending child custody dispute with plaintiff, to diminish her sense of guilt over her adultery, and to retaliate against plaintiff for exposing her adulterous affair in the course of whistleblowing on defendant’s business travel fraud via Northrop’s ethics hotline,” the complaint argues.

The charges were dismissed on March 16 after a judge barred him from seeing his children.

Northrop Grumman has a history of whistleblower retaliation. In 2009, the military contractor settled a whistleblower lawsuit for $325 million. It was the largest military contractor settlement at the time.

I will reiterate that John has always been respectful, polite, and happy to answer any questions I have.  I consider him a friend and fellow advocate.

 

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