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Your support for CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has meant a lot. Now, as Jeffrey’s ordeal in prison continues in its 20th month, here is an important update from his wife Holly. We hope that you can find the time to write to Jeffrey (address below) and/or contribute to the Sterling Family Fund (online here). Thank you!

--- The RootsAction.org Team
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Dear Friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who signed a petition in support of Jeffrey. As you are probably aware, sadly he was not granted a pardon by President Obama. We continue to anxiously await the appellate court's decision after the oral arguments on December 6, 2016. There have been no changes in Jeffrey's health and he continues to take a beta blocker.

Twelve months ago, during the press conference prior to delivering the petition for a pardon to the White House, I read a message from Jeffrey. I would like to share it with you again today:

"Every day, I ask why am I forcibly separated from my wife Holly, our family and friends; why am I in prison? I know the answer because it is born out of who I am today and who I have always been. The answer to my daily question is because through the years I said ‘no’ to discrimination at the CIA. I said ‘no’ to government intimidation and retaliation. I said ‘no’ to compromising my principles by pleading to a crime I did not commit.

“All the while I am saying ‘yes’ to doing the right thing not only for myself but also for my country. I took a stand and followed the rules and for this I was targeted and summarily finished. Throughout, I have thought I stood alone.

“I have learned differently. While I have been invisible to many -- many more here in this country and throughout the world have expressed solidarity with me and the cause of justice or the struggles I have endured.
Their undying support and encouragement, along with that of my incredible wife Holly inspire me to continue fighting. Thank you all."

Jeffrey and I remain eternally grateful for your support and standing with us to fight for his innocence. Although we did not receive the desired outcome, we know we are not alone.

Please continue to support us:

* Your help for the Sterling Family Fund would grant me the privilege to continue visiting Jeffrey in Colorado (almost 900 miles from our home) as he completes his sentence. His official release date is June 14, 2018. If you can make a contribution, please click here.

* Please continue to send words of support and encouragement to my beloved husband. Your sentiments provide hope and a connection to the outside world. You may write letters and/or send cards to him at the following address:

JEFFREY STERLING, 38338-044
FCI ENGLEWOOD
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123

I am not sure there are words to adequately express the impact each of you has had on our lives and the courage to continue the pursuit of justice. We wish you love, peace, and safety always, and especially during this unfortunate highly conflictual state of our country.

Fondly,
Holly Sterling

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Background:
>>  BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
>>  ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
>>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets"
>>  Norman Solomon, The Nation: "CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism"
>>  Reporters Without Borders: "Jeffrey Sterling Latest Victim of the U.S.' War on Whistleblowers"
>>  AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
>>  Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"

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