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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56581 3.1 years ago rocco frangione cambridge, MA , US
56580 3.1 years ago S B Rutland, VT , US
56579 3.1 years ago S B Rutland, VT , US
56578 3.1 years ago Madeline Rose Washington, DC , US
56577 3.1 years ago Jason Brown Wells, ME , US Charge Leon Panetta or let Jeffrey Sterling go free.
56576 3.1 years ago Beatrice Butler Pueblo, CO , US
56575 3.2 years ago Nancy Majors Oak Lawn, IL , US
56574 3.2 years ago Anonymous Bryans Road, MD , US
56573 3.2 years ago Jason Harvey Bloomington, IL , US Jeffrey Sterling is free of guilt. All the "evidence" against him is circumstantial. Your administration is supposed to protect whistleblowers. It's time to give him the second chance that so many o...
56572 3.2 years ago Sarah Mohan Baltimore, MD , US
56571 3.2 years ago Olivia Rawlinson NC , US
56570 3.2 years ago jerome casey portland, OR , US He's another Daniel Ellsberg, set him free now and restore his finances.
56569 3.2 years ago Gary Overby Hanover Park, IL , US
56568 3.2 years ago fallon hume devonport, ot , NZ
56567 3.2 years ago robert clow va beach, VA , US Petraeus got probation and was white - QED
56566 3.2 years ago Rodger Rosie Los Angeles, CA , US
56565 3.2 years ago Lisa Puckett Partridge , KS , US Stop whistle blowing from being punished as a crime for standing up for the truth.and letting wrong doing by are government being protected and swept under the rug.stop punishment of right and prote...
56564 3.3 years ago Anonymous Santa Monica, CA , US
56563 3.3 years ago mary fuentes elk grove, CA , US
56562 3.3 years ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
56561 3.3 years ago Ryan Buckner Marion, NC , US
56560 3.3 years ago patty brey metairie, LA , US
56559 3.3 years ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
56558 3.4 years ago Anonymous Montreal, QC , CA Mr. Sterling should be considered a hero. Instead, the US government is persecuting him. It may be too late to drop charges, but it's certainly not too late to reduce his sentence. The USG is on the...
56557 3.4 years ago Zack Stills Santa Monica, CA , US
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