Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower.

Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband.

President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon.

Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you.

— Holly Sterling

Petition to
President Barack Obama
We request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower.

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    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58389 1 month ago donye sacco LA, CA , US
    58388 3 months ago Tom Davies Cambridge , GB
    58387 8 months ago Benjamin Sullivan Currently Washington DC, DC , US Mueller's indictments are not "Russia-Gate".

    This is Russia-Gate; Murder-Gate:

    John Brennan is Murdering, Torturous Thief (amongst this entire “intelligence” community)....
    58386 10 months ago Matthew Craig Toronto, ON , CA The fact that a man like this is in jail only confirms that we live in a very corrupt world
    58385 1 year ago Tamar Dick Catasauqua, PA , US
    58384 1 year ago Anonymous S h, FL , US only tells the world how barbaric, savage and primitive we still are in America.
    58383 1 year ago Erin Yarrobino ozone park, NY , US
    58382 1 year ago kay louise cook seattle, WA , US
    58381 1 year ago Kae Toguchi Mililani Town, HI , US
    58380 1 year ago cindy jefferys Thorndale, TX , US
    58379 1 year ago Stacia Crick NC , US
    58378 1 year ago Nadia Sindi Eugene, Oregon, OR , US My life with Liberal Klans in Oregon!!

    Arab/Muslim Americans are treated less than animals! We are called Sand N…

    We are being prosecuted in a daily basis! High tech lynching, in...
    58377 1 year ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58376 1 year ago Ronald Ecke Erie, PA , US
    58375 1 year ago Sarah Haynes, Ph.D. Eagle, ID , US
    58374 1 year ago Susan Landon Mercer island , WA , US
    58373 1 year ago leonard brubaker Augusta, GA , US
    58372 1 year ago Anonymous S h, FL , US
    58371 1 year ago Maureen Meehan El Paso, TX , US
    58370 1 year ago Barbara Fuller Oakland, CA , US Onward for common sense and justice but most important, upholding the law.
    58369 1 year ago Pat Thomas Melbourne, FL , US
    58368 1 year ago Sheila Dillon Small Town, MN , US
    58367 1 year ago Jeremy Young London, NH , GB Get Financial Support from ordinary Iranians; because Jeffrey Stirling saved Iran from becoming a radio-active wasteland like Iraq.
    58366 1 year ago Trea Cleaves Berkeley, CA , US
    58365 1 year ago SIMON FOLKARD Ipswich,Suffolk, ot , GB
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    >>  AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
    >>  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"
    >>  ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
    >>  BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
    >>  Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"

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