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Ex-CIA operative accepts plea deal

WASHINGTON — Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the FBI called him a year ago and invited him to stop by and ‘‘help us with a case,’’ he did not hesitate.

In his years as a CIA operative, after all, Kiriakou had worked closely with FBI agents overseas. Just months earlier, he had reported to the bureau a recruiting attempt by someone he believed to be an Asian spy.

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