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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  • 26-50 of 58389 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58364 1 year ago Wayne Workman ON , CA
    58363 1 year ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58362 1 year ago Sylvan Grey Portland, , OR , US
    58361 1 year ago Loretta Turner Lebanon, IL , US I know this man, he is innocent, you have pardoned people who have done the things they were convicted of, Please pardon Jeff Sterling
    58360 1 year ago Arthur Snider Tacoma, WA , US You can free a guilty General, but not Mr. Sterling who has serious health problems? Just what kind of man are you, Mr. Obama??
    58359 1 year ago Nellie McKay Pocono Manor, PA , US
    58358 1 year ago Pasqual Guerola
    58357 1 year ago Cara Young Nashville, TN , US
    58356 1 year ago Anonymous Redway, CA , US
    58355 1 year ago Jennifer Kapentanovich Alton, IL , US
    58354 1 year ago Myrna Doering Jamestown, CA , US Dear President Obama:
    I do not understand our government when it goes after citizens who try to stand up for what is right. If our government does something wrong, isn't it courageous to unco...
    58353 1 year ago Shishir Kurup Culver City, CA , US Please don't let this be an everlasting stain on your historically significant Presidency and do the right thing and pardon Jeffrey Sterling.
    58352 1 year ago Rhonda Rungsitiyakorn Half moon bay , CA , US
    58351 1 year ago Sonja Glas Herrsching, ot , DE
    58350 1 year ago Patricia Holland Milwaukee , WI , US
    58349 1 year ago Patricia Holland Milwaukee , WI , US
    58348 1 year ago Jeff Krock Lake Villa, IL , US Free Sterling
    Free Snowden
    Free Manning
    Free Hammond
    58347 1 year ago robert vasquez seattle, WA , US empty these god damn prisons, at the very least 80% are political prisoners and should be liberated
    58346 1 year ago Michael DeWitt West Linn, OR 97068, OR , US
    58345 1 year ago camille kerpen Portland, OR , US Petition to Barack Obama:
    I request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower. He has done us a great service.
    58344 1 year ago Pamela Vasquez Salem, OR , US
    58343 1 year ago MICHAEL AMY ROCHESTER, NY , US We need far more whistle-blowers. These men and women should be praised, and not attacked. Accountability and transparency are a must in a democratic society. The highest echelons of our governme...
    58342 1 year ago Jayne Fraese Portland, OR , US
    58341 1 year ago Alexander Leipold Erlensee, ot , DE
    58340 1 year ago Jason Brinkman Corona, CA , US
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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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