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There were many things wrong with the recent trial that resulted in the conviction of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling: Selective prosecution. Nothing but circumstantial evidence. Conflicting testimony from CIA witnesses. A less-than-credible Condoleezza Rice as the government’s star witness. And much more.

Early this winter, you signed the petition urging the Justice Department to drop all charges against Jeffrey Sterling. Now he awaits sentencing.

If you’d like to provide some much-needed assistance via the Sterling Family Fund -- “to help Jeffrey’s family ease the ongoing financial burdens they face” -- please click here.

Sterling was found guilty on charges that he gave classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen -- about Operation Merlin, the reckless CIA program that gave flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon component to Iran in 2000.

As Risen's book State of War reported, Operation Merlin was ill-conceived and dangerous. In the name of countering nuclear proliferation, the CIA risked promoting it.

Jeffrey Sterling became a whistleblower by going through channels to tell Senate Intelligence Committee staffers about Operation Merlin. He surely knew that doing so would antagonize top CIA officials.

If you believe in such courage, you can click here to help the Sterling Family Fund.

When Sterling was indicted in December 2010, almost nine years after his last day working for the CIA, he immediately lost his job as an award-winning medical fraud investigator. Since then, he hasn’t been able to find employment.

The pre-trial ordeal was extended for three years because the government kept trying (ultimately failing) to force Risen to identify a source for his reporting on Operation Merlin. The long delay added to financial burdens for Jeffrey Sterling and his wife Holly, a social worker. They’ve been struggling to prevent foreclosure on their modest home.

You can provide them with direct help at this crucial time.

You might want to forward this message to your friends with a note explaining why you signed the petition for Jeffrey Sterling and want to help out now.

Below are some background links with news stories and analysis of what’s at stake.

And you can find more information at the Sterling Family Fund webpage by clicking here.

Thank you for caring and taking action!

-- The RootsAction.org team

**  BBC News: Jeffrey Sterling’s Trial By Metadata
**  John Hanrahan, ExposeFacts: Sterling Prosecution Long on Rhetoric, Short on Evidence
**  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: Closing Arguments: Who Is the Hero, Who Is the Storyteller?
**  Norman Solomon, ExposeFacts: The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower
**  New York Times: Trial Begins for Former CIA Official Accused of Breaching National Security
**  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: The Government’s Single-Source Theory of Journalism
**  New York Times: CIA Leaked Classified Information to Support Program
**  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers
**  Petition: Blowing the Whistle on Government Recklessness Is a Public Service, Not a Crime

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