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 ...
56456 3.7 years ago Heather Smith Charleston, WV , US
56455 3.7 years ago James Zukowski Hartford, CT , US
56454 3.7 years ago Hunter Parks Dayton, OH , US
56453 3.7 years ago Cyril Tobiasson Redding, CA , US
56452 3.7 years ago Patricia Cameron Williamsburg , VA , US
56451 3.7 years ago Erika Hunt Tucson, AZ , US
56450 3.7 years ago N B Oak Lawn, IL , US When do you prosecute the REAL criminals: Geo. W(ar criminal) Bush administration??
Not to even mention Nixon, Reagan & Bush 1 administrations breaking the law to get into the White House!
56449 3.7 years ago Lisa Sloan toronto, ON , CA
56448 3.7 years ago Manuel Leon Torres Leadville, CO , US
56447 3.7 years ago Mary Albright Dallas, TX , US
56446 3.7 years ago karl forman coventry, ot , GB
56445 3.7 years ago Reba B. Gainesville, FL , US
56444 3.7 years ago Reba B. Gainesville, FL , US
56443 3.7 years ago Anonymous Dearborn heights , MI , US I mean Risen, not Merlin ***
56442 3.7 years ago Anonymous Dearborn heights , MI , US There isn't even enough evidence that he provided Merlin with any information!
56441 3.7 years ago Christopher harper san francisco, CA , US Should be secretary of defence for all i care
56440 3.7 years ago Tijmen Wolbeek UTRECHT, NL I wish we would all see how much we ask to be bombed by people in the world we hurt! we think we are good people, but our goverments are the ones representing us. It makes me sad this is the way the...
56439 3.7 years ago Rodger Rosie Los Angeles, CA , US
56438 3.7 years ago Denise Webb Kissimmee, FL , US
56437 3.7 years ago Linda Tauer Sleepy Eye, MN , US
56436 3.7 years ago Anonymous Noonamah, AU
56435 3.7 years ago PAUL KENNISON PORTLAND, OR , US
56434 3.7 years ago Thomas Shultz Spartanburg, SC , US Stop attacking whistle-blowers.
56433 3.7 years ago Marcy Winograd Santa Monica, CA , US Sterling is a hero, not a criminal; he tried to avert another war.
56432 3.7 years ago Marcus George Oslo, NO Admiration at it's peak, for these brave soul, 1 LOVE
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