Doing Time Like A Spy

Doing Time Like A Spy

How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison

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Recounts the author's twenty-three months in prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA's use of torture, discussing how he used the skills he learned as a CIA employee to stay safe and at the top of the prison hierarchy.

Perseus Publishing
Winner of the 2016 PEN First Amendment Award
Winner of the 2016 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence
Winner of the 2016 Blueprint International Whistleblowing Prize for Bravery and Integrity in the Public Interest
Winner of the 2013 Peacemaker of the Year Award
Winner of the 2012 Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage

On February 28, 2013, after pleading guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, John Kiriakou began serving a thirty month prison sentence. His crime: blowing the whistle on the CIA's use of torture on al Qaeda prisoners.

Doing Time Like a Spy is Kiriakou's memoir of his twenty-three months in prison. Using twenty life skills he learned in CIA operational training, he was able to keep himself safe and at the top of the prison social heap. Including his award-winning blog series "Letters from Loretto," Doing Time Like a Spy is at once a searing journal of daily prison life and an alternately funny and heartbreaking commentary on the federal prison system.


Publisher: Los Angeles : A Vireo book, an imprint of Rare Bird Books, [2017]
Edition: First hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781945572418 (hardcover)
1945572418 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 327.1273 KIR
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 23 cm

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Sep 13, 2017

Kirikou writes why he was kicked out of and prosecuted by the CIA and about serving time in a low level facility. He writes of being housed with child molesters and other offenders. Some of the inmates (like him) were former CIA.
I enjoyed his description of day to day life and some of the odd ball characters he got to know. I am not sure (as the title suggests) that he thrived in prison, but he seems to have come out the other side with some additional knowledge and skills.

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