As a supporter of Jeffrey Sterling, you should be among the first to know: This brave CIA whistleblower is now scheduled for release in January, after more than two and a half years in prison.
Jeffrey's wife Holly wrote the letter below to you and others who have helped Jeffrey by signing petitions, writing to him in prison and/or donating to sustain his family. You have stood by Jeffrey.
Now comes the launch of the Jeffrey Sterling Homecoming Fund. As Holly puts it, the fund will "help Jeffrey and I begin our journey of healing and overcoming this grave miscarriage of justice."
Any amount that you can donate to the Jeffrey Sterling Homecoming Fund will be deeply appreciated by Holly and Jeffrey as they strive to repair their lives together.
Those of us on the RootsAction team are excited to anticipate Jeffrey's release early next year. Ever since launching a petition campaign in late 2014 that urged the Justice Department to drop its charges against Jeffrey, we have been proud to stand with these two principled and brave people as they've withstood the vindictive weight of the U.S. Government.
Please read Holly's letter. And if you can put some money in the hat to help the Jeffrey Sterling Homecoming Fund get off the ground, that'll be great.
-- The RootsAction Team
PS If you'd like to read about Jeffrey's trial or watch the 12-minute ExposeFacts documentary "The Invisible Man," please go to the Background links at the bottom of this email.
Holly Sterling's Letter:
Jeffrey and I remain eternally grateful for your continued support and solidarity. Our legal battle for his innocence and truth to prevail is over. However, we will not cease to profess and expose this grave miscarriage of injustice. For almost two decades the government has shamelessly pursued the destruction of Jeffrey’s professional and personal life because he stood up for his constitutional rights and would not plead guilty to a crime he did not commit.
Jeffrey continues to pay the ultimate sacrifice for having the courage to speak up and out. Being unjustly convicted of seven counts of espionage was not enough punishment for our government. As you know, he has suffered continued horrific and inhumane treatment during his wrongful incarceration; medical negligence, physical and verbal harassment, and intentionally being placed in a facility 900 miles away from his family.
Jeffrey is completing the last year of his 3.5 year sentence. He was recently informed that he is scheduled to be transferred to a halfway house in January of 2018. His sentence ends in June of 2018 followed by 2 years probation.
Jeffrey and I continue to face many challenges in the coming months and years. Due to an unsuccessful appeal, Jeffrey will exit the federal prison system a convicted felon and a supposed traitor to the country he still loves. He has a long road ahead trying to obtain employment with seven wrongful convictions for espionage.
Unfortunately, Jeffrey has not been employed since the day of his arrest on January 6, 2011. His former employer fired him and no one else would hire him while under federal indictment. Not only has Jeffrey suffered but so have his family, friends, community and society. An intelligent, strong, ethical and productive member of our world has ceased to exist at the government's hands.
Please continue to support us and assist in Jeffrey's homecoming:
Your help for the Jeffrey Sterling Homecoming Fund will assist with general financial preparations and help Jeffrey and I begin our journey of healing and overcoming this grave miscarriage of justice.
Please continue to send words of support and encouragement to my beloved husband. Your sentiments will lend much-needed support and strength to endure his final days of incarceration.You may write letters and/or send cards to him at the following address:
JEFFREY STERLING, 38338-044
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123
Jeffrey and I know how incredibly fortunate we are to receive such emotional and financial support. Despite this unfathomable tragedy, we have received life's greatest gifts of genuine goodwill towards fellow humankind. We continue to wish each of you and your families continued peace, health and happiness.
With much respect and gratitude,
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>> BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
>> John Kiriakou: “CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Placed in Solitary Confinement”
>> 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: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"