Disgruntled Heiress teams up with Code Pink and Fresh Juice Party to throw posh prison send-off for
CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou
Where: Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St NW, Washington DC
When: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Thursday, February 21
When is going to federal prison is the classiest thing you can do? When Code Pink and Fresh Juice Party—with the help of some old money—throw a gala reception for CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou. On February 28, Kiriakou begins a 30-month stint in federal prison for speaking out against US torture.
Jesselyn Radack, one of Kiriakou’s lawyers who is herself a whistleblower, agrees. “John would not be going to jail if he had actually tortured someone. Yet this brave hero blew the whistle on this unseemly practice, and the government has made him its fall guy for its dastardly deeds,” says Radack.
Kiriakou, a father of five, is going to prison with his head held high. “I will wear my conviction as a badge of honor. I will oppose torture forever, no matter the consequences.”
Mr. Kiriakou may go quietly, as he remains humble and self-sacrificing, but Code Pink and Fresh Juice Party intend to be heard. “If the American people knew that the whistleblower is going to prison instead of the torturers, they would be outraged,” says CODEPINK codirector Medea Benjamin. “By celebrating Mr. Kiriakou’s noble sacrifice in high style, we hope to bring attention to this ongoing travesty of justice.”