Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower.

Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband.

President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon.

Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you.

— Holly Sterling

Petition to
President Barack Obama
We request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower.

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  • 101-125 of 58389 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58289 1 year ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
    58288 1 year ago Andrea Nash Cambridge, MA , US
    58287 1 year ago Rick Mattessich Berkeley, CA , UM
    58286 1 year ago Anonymous Hotchkiss, CO , US
    58285 1 year ago Mike Gajda Nor, MI , US
    58284 1 year ago Walter Hoffmann Bayreuth Germany, CA , DE
    58283 1 year ago Amy Hayutin Paonia, CO , US Please Release this man....there was and is no proof that he said anything inappropriate to the reporter. And besides that, we are all tired of the government's lack of transparency!
    58282 1 year ago Cherie Gorman Houston, TX , US
    58281 1 year ago Anonymous Spring Hill, FL , US
    58280 1 year ago Anonymous Austin, TX , US It is so clear that there is a double standard of "justice" in our country. After making proclamations that your administration would be one of transparency, Mr President, you have failed miserab...
    58279 1 year ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58278 1 year ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58277 1 year ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
    58276 1 year ago Lisa Coopersmith San Francisco, CA , US Whistleblowers/Innocent men and women are in prison suffering daily. PLEASE give them peace and freedom. Chelsea Manning, Mumia Abu Jamal.
    58275 1 year ago Adrian Swanston Burnaby, BC , CA
    58274 1 year ago Joseph and Madeleine Hoffman Rathdrum, ID , US
    58273 1 year ago Sana Joseph Inver grove, MN , US
    58272 1 year ago Booh Edouardo San Francisco, CA , US
    58271 1 year ago Thomas Johnson Dorchester, MA , US The true American is the one that would risk Freedom by doing e hat IS right and speak the truth no matter what the results. Free this Man that speaks out about what is right.
    58270 1 year ago Luerra Hammond South San Francisco, CA , US
    58269 1 year ago thomas buzzi Rockport, TX , US Transparency of misuse is supremely important to prevent rogue departments from misrepresenting United States initiatives. Mr. Sterling has taken it upon himself to risk his future by doing the righ...
    58268 1 year ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
    58267 1 year ago Patricia Long marana, AZ , US
    58266 1 year ago Daniel Alva Albuquerque, NM , US
    58265 1 year ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
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    >>  AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets"
    >>  Norman Solomon, The Nation: "CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism"
    >>  Reporters Without Borders: "Jeffrey Sterling Latest Victim of the U.S.' War on Whistleblowers"
    >>  ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
    >>  BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
    >>  Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"

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