Blowing the Whistle on Government Recklessness Is a Public Service, Not a Crime

A federal indictment accuses former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling of giving classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen -- about a CIA operation that provided flawed nuclear weapon blueprints to Iran in 2000.

The charges in that indictment are unproven, and a trial is set for January 2015. But no one disputes that Sterling told Senate Intelligence Committee staffers about that CIA action, which was dubbed Operation Merlin.


As Risen documented in his book State of War, Operation Merlin was ill-conceived and dangerous.

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Follow daily coverage of the trial at ExposeFacts.org.

Background:

>>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "The Leaky CIA's Case Against Alleged Leaker"
>>  Norman Solomon, Marcy Wheeler, The Nation: "The Government War Against Reporter James Risen"
>>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "The Government’s Single-Source Theory of Journalism"
>>  Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times, "CIA Leaked Classified Information to Support Program"
>>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers"
>>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Grassley Questions Why DOD IG Cannot Report on Leaks"

In the name of countering nuclear proliferation, the CIA risked promoting it.

The prosecution of Sterling smacks of selective prosecution. General James Cartwright, who reportedly leaked information on far more recent and sensitive counter-proliferation efforts against Iran, has not faced prosecution. And the Defense Department’s top officials cannot even be identified as leakers by that agency’s Inspector General reports, which apparently protected the former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from scrutiny for leaking classified information about the raid on Osama bin Laden.

Please sign this petition urging the U.S. Department of Justice to drop all charges against Jeffrey Sterling.

To the Attorney General of the United States and President Obama:

As a whistleblower, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling went through channels to inform staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee about the ill-conceived and dangerous CIA action known as Operation Merlin. The current effort to prosecute Mr. Sterling, for allegedly providing information about Operation Merlin to journalist James Risen, comes 15 years after that CIA operation took place. This prosecution serves no valid purpose.

Moreover, this is a case that smacks of selective prosecution. Top officials, including General James Cartwright and the former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, reportedly leaked classified information on far more recent and sensitive matters.

We urge you to drop all charges against Mr. Sterling.



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56625 7 days ago Brian Galaviz chicago, IL , US
56624 1 week ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL , US
56623 3 weeks ago E B S, WA , US
56622 1 month ago Richard Hieber Memmingen, ot , DE
56621 1 month ago Anonymous Everett, WA , US
56620 1 month ago Anonymous Getzville, NY , US
56619 1 month ago Anonymous Getzville, NY , US
56618 1 month ago Brenda Hoten St. Johns, MI , US
56617 1 month ago Anonymous Metairie, LA , US We have to stop this corruption! They have too much power!
56616 2 months ago Anonymous Getzville, NY , US
56615 2 months ago Anonymous Getzville, NY , US
56614 2 months ago Anonymous Getzville, NY , US
56613 3 months ago Jeanne Mackay, Marysville, MI , US
56612 3 months ago Keith Morris Los Angeles, CA , US
56611 3 months ago K R SF, CA , US
56610 3 months ago Tyra Bryant SC , US
56609 3 months ago Eric Hille Pleasanton, CA , US Prison is not a place for citizens who are protecting us from elements in our government who are endangering our lives by reckless criminal activity and are then protected by their overseers. Mr. St...
56608 3 months ago Chris Perry OR , US
56607 3 months ago Dameer Abdur-Rahman Brooklyn, NY , US
56606 3 months ago Anonymous Herndon, VA , US Mr Sterling should be protected as a honorable whistle blower.
56605 3 months ago Sheila Loe Bremerton, WA , US It is wrong to prosecute a whistleblower.....He did the right thing. Why has the president I was so proud to vote for become the president who suppresses whistleblowers at an unprecedented rate? ...
56604 3 months ago John Allan Donaldson Ottawa, ON , CA This is yet another example of a patriotic citizen acting morally, in contrast to numerous politicians who have engaged in criminal activities without penalty.
56603 3 months ago Jonathan Boyne Honolulu, HI , US
56602 3 months ago Richard B Maselow, CPA, CGMA Encino, CA , US
56601 3 months ago Edgar Nobles Reston, VA , US Release Mr. Sterling
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