Thursday, May 30, 2013

Frank Russo's Cellmate is a CIA Torture Whistleblower

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

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Frank Russo shipped off to prison in Loretto, PA, earlier this year.

Around the same time, John Kiriakou was making his way to the same facility.

Kiriakou is a former CIA agent, one of six men indicted or convicted of leaking classified material that detailed illegal torture during the Bush administration. Kiriakou is a whistleblower

The two are cellmates, as detailed in a letter Kiriakou wrote that was published on Firedoglake.com.

One excerpt describes his cell and his mates:

Greetings from the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto, Pennsylvania. I arrived here on February 28, 2013 to serve a 30-month sentence for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982. At least that’s what the government wants people to believe. In truth, this is my punishment for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program and for telling the public that torture was official U.S. government policy. But that’s a different story. The purpose of this letter is to tell you about prison life.

[snip]

My cell is more like a cubicle made out of concrete block. Built to hold four men, mine holds six. Most others hold eight. My cellmates include two Dominicans serving 24- and 20-year sentences for drugs, a Mexican serving 15 years for drugs, a Puerto Rican serving 7 ½ years for drug conspiracy, and the former auditor of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, [Ed. - Frank Russo] who’s doing a long sentence for corruption. They’re all decent guys and we actually enjoy each other’s company.

A slice of that prison life:


The cafeteria is very formally divided. There is a table for the whites with good paper [Ed. - Meaning, non-pedophiles.], a section of a table for the Native Americans, a section of a table for people belonging to a certain Italian-American stereotypical “subculture,” two tables for the Muslims, four tables for the pedophiles, and all the remaining tables for the blacks and Hispanics. We don’t all eat at the same time, but each table is more-or-less reserved as I’ve described.

Do click through and read the whole thing, including an unbelievable anecdote about prison officials attempting to incite a fight between Kiriakou and another prisoner.

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