In addition to the office visits taking place in Washington DC on May 9th, supporters from across the country are joining our day of action for John Kiriakou this Friday in their own states.

We’re asking folks to stop by the local offices of at least one of their representatives in the House and/or Senate on Friday, May 9th to request that they contact the Bureau of Prisons to immediately move John to a halfway house near his family.

Here’s how to take part in our day of action in just 4 simple steps:

Step 1: Find local offices near you:

Note: once you find your rep., visit the contact page on their website to find local office addresses

Step 2: Download / print our information packet to leave with office staff.

Step 3: Look over our talking points so you know what to say.

  • I’m here today to seek {{Representative/Senator name}}’s help on behalf of family, friends, former colleagues and supporters of ex-CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou.
  • John is a highly decorated ex-CIA agent who co-lead the group that captured al Qaeda terrorist Abu Zubaydah.
  • He was the first the person to publicly acknowledge the CIA torture program under the Bush administration.
  • In 2012, John was arrested and charged with three counts of violating the Espionage Act and other charges for speaking out about torture. The espionage charges against John were dropped and he took a plea deal for a 30 month prison sentence.
  • John had few financial resources upon which to draw for a long and drawn-out trial and believed accepting a plea for 30 months was best way to expedite his return home to his five children.
  • The Kiriakou family and their bipartisan community of support would like to speak with your office about John’s recent mistreatment by the Bureau of Prisons and ask that your boss intercede with Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels to release John immediately to a halfway house near his home.
  • Under Bureau of Prison guidelines, John was eligible for halfway house release on May 1.

For more information and talking points, check out the white paper (embedded below & included in the packet) which contains a lot more information about his case.

Step 4: Report back and let us know whose office you visited and how it went.

Please be advised that this is not a protest; we are hoping to form partnerships with these members of congress. By making contact with these offices and across the country, we will demonstrate that John has a serious bipartisan community of support behind him.

If you have any questions about the day, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Unable to visit an office?

If you’re not able to visit an office on May 9th or any other day, there are other things you can do to help John Kiriakou.

Download the John Kiriakou Day of Action Packet

Brian Sonenstein

Brian Sonenstein

Publishing Editor at Shadowproof and columnist at Prison Protest.