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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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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Number Date Name Location Please add any comment you ...
56531 3.6 years ago Anonymous San Diego, CA , US
56530 3.6 years ago Francis Saponara-Rodriguez Darien, IL , US
56529 3.6 years ago Anonymous San Diego, CA , US
56528 3.6 years ago Sinclair Johnson Va Beach, VA , US
56527 3.6 years ago Ido Kek pahoa, HI , US
56526 3.6 years ago Heather Smith Charleston, WV , US
56525 3.6 years ago Elaine & Larry Green Bellingham, WA , US
56524 3.6 years ago Anonymous Brooklyn, NY , US
56523 3.6 years ago Jody Ellis Eustis, FL , US The Truth and Nothing But The Truth.
56522 3.6 years ago Farrah Shields Sacramento, CA , US
56521 3.6 years ago Amie Alter Los Osos, CA , US
56520 3.6 years ago Anonymous roanoke, VA , US
56519 3.7 years ago Michael Kovick Floyd, VA , US
56518 3.7 years ago Anonymous CA There are plenty of OTHER, BIGGER CROOKS IN THE GOVERNMENT that you can and SHOULD go after (Eric Holder pops into my mind.... :)
56517 3.7 years ago Dean Traweek Cambridge, MA , US I am impressed by the differential treatment given to individuals who have even allegedly shared classified information.

Charges should be dropped.
56516 3.7 years ago Francis Saponara-Rodriguez Darien, IL , US
56515 3.7 years ago Francis Saponara-Rodriguez Darien, IL , US
56514 3.7 years ago Uta Steger Rosenheim, DE
56513 3.7 years ago Joyce Lewis Camano Island, WA , US Where's the JUSTICE??!! No wonder whistleblowers won't use the SYSTEM because the system SCREWS THEM!!
56512 3.7 years ago Caroline Warren Bozeman, MT , US
56511 3.7 years ago Wendell Powell St. John, VI , VI
56510 3.7 years ago Edward Hall Whitinsville, MA , US
56509 3.7 years ago Carson Lynch Portland, ME , US
56508 3.7 years ago Matthew Fernald Falmouth , ME , US
56507 3.7 years ago amsyar iman selangor, ot , MY If it wasn't for sterling, we wouldn't have had a good deal with Iran. we'd be at yet another war. Important man, and we thank him for his service
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