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.

151-175 of 56656 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add any comment you ...
56506 3.8 years ago Anonymous Berkeley, CA , US
56505 3.8 years ago Marj Lohr Sudbury, ON , CA
56504 3.8 years ago Dino Bordini DePere, WI , US
56503 3.8 years ago Stephanie Cunningham Minneapolis, MN , US
56502 3.8 years ago Wendy Weldon Delray Beach, FL , US
56501 3.8 years ago Tiffany Wilk Iqaluit, NU , CA
56499 3.8 years ago Valerie Gilbert new york, NY , US It is our MORAL obligation to point out injustice, immorality and wrong PARTICULARLY if it pertains to our government! Whistleblowers need to be protected, no matter who and what they are exposing....
56498 3.8 years ago Geoff Sheridan Seaford, ot , GB Jeffrey, I salute you and condemn those who have maliciously prosecuted you. May you have the strength to face whatever comes your way, as you hold your head up proud as one of the good guys.
56497 3.8 years ago Dale Sloat Hopatcong, NJ , US
56496 3.8 years ago Jan Sloat Hopatcong, NJ , US
56495 3.8 years ago Alvin Hofer St Petersburg, FL , US Prosecute those US elected officials who approved torture called "enhanced interrogation". Prosecute those US officers who carried out those orders. Prosecute the criminal CEOs of our major banks ...
56494 3.8 years ago Nadine Liava'a Auckland, ot , NZ Thank you and God bless you Jeffrey!!!!
56493 3.8 years ago Maggie Cummings Cambridge, MA , US
56492 3.8 years ago Bonnie Jean Brown Morgantown, WV , US
56491 3.8 years ago Chris Gray Aurora, CO , US I wonder what David Petraeus is doing right now...
56490 3.8 years ago Anonymous Draper, UT , US What is happening to Jefferey is a blot of shame on all branches of government.
56489 3.8 years ago Myriam Malinge DE
56488 3.8 years ago Anonymous CA , US Equal sentences for equal crime...Free blacks lives matter!!
56487 3.8 years ago John Bell Paramount, CA , US If Mr. Sterling is to go to jail, then so should Mr. Patreus and Mr. Pannneta. Lets be equal in the type of justice that is administered.
56486 3.8 years ago Jasmine lauretta Lincoln city , OR , US
56485 3.8 years ago Judy Joseph Brooklyn, NY , US
56484 3.8 years ago ROSEMARIE JACKOWSKI bennington, VT , US
56483 3.8 years ago David Mynott Roxbury, MA , US This undermines the 1st, 4th, 5th amendments. It's hypocritical, given the treatment of General Petraeus. Another dark chapter in America's loss of democracy.
56482 3.8 years ago Judi Lewis San Francisco, CA , US
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