DC Event: CIA-Torture Whistleblower Kiriakou to be Honored with Portrait
John Kiriakou, CIA/Torture whistleblower & GAP client, will be honored tomorrow night in Washington, DC. The event will unveil a portrait of Kiriakou, the newest edition to the series “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” by prominent artist Robert Shetterly.
While the event is open to the public, space is limited, so please send RSVPs to GAP Communications Director Dylan Blaylock at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
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Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.