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 ...
56606 2.8 years ago Anonymous Herndon, VA , US Mr Sterling should be protected as a honorable whistle blower.
56605 2.8 years ago Sheila Loe Bremerton, WA , US It is wrong to prosecute a whistleblower.....He did the right thing. Why has the president I was so proud to vote for become the president who suppresses whistleblowers at an unprecedented rate? ...
56604 2.8 years ago John Donaldson Ottawa, ON , CA This is yet another example of a patriotic citizen acting morally, in contrast to numerous politicians who have engaged in criminal activities without penalty.
56603 2.8 years ago Jonathan Boyne Honolulu, HI , US
56602 2.8 years ago Richard B Maselow CPA CGMA Encino, CA , US
56601 2.8 years ago Edgar Nobles Reston, VA , US Release Mr. Sterling
56600 2.9 years ago Kurt Johnson Durham, NC , US
56599 2.9 years ago Kurt Johnson Durham, NC , US
56598 2.9 years ago Alex Zackrone WHITE PLAINS, NY , US
56597 2.9 years ago just, me :wilson location, ot , GB
56596 2.9 years ago Anonymous Clark, NJ , US
56595 2.9 years ago David Lund Springfield, MO , US
56594 2.9 years ago Rodger Rosie Los Angeles, CA , US
56593 2.9 years ago Cynthia Gentry Georgetown, TX , US The reason Mr. Sterling can continue to remain standing with his shoulders back with the conviction that he is not guilty of what you are saying he did.
56592 2.9 years ago steve smith reading, ot , GB
56591 3 years ago Anonymous KY , US
56590 3 years ago Anonymous Great Falls, VA , US
56589 3 years ago Cynthia Quast Henderson, MN , US
56588 3.1 years ago Crystal G La, NV , US
56587 3.1 years ago Anonymous IL , US
56586 3.1 years ago Colin Boysel Columbus, OH , US
56585 3.1 years ago Richard Fisher Prospect Harbor, ME , US
56584 3.1 years ago Jamani Montague parlin, NJ , US
56583 3.1 years ago rocco frangione cambridge, MA , US he's doing a service for the public. that's not criminal. please let him go. thank you
56582 3.1 years ago Anonymous Chesterfield, MO , US This is so stupid...Clinton uses personal e-mails, Obama not a citizen and you put this person in federal prision? It's time we take back our country from the beauracrats!
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