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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  • 126-150 of 58390 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58265 2.2 years ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
    58264 2.2 years ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58263 2.2 years ago jean sommer Independenc, OH , US It makes me ashamed of America to hear that Jeffery Stirling has been imprisoned. He must be released.
    58262 2.2 years ago Anonymous S h, FL , US
    58261 2.2 years ago Clifton Wayne Brandon, FL , US
    58260 2.2 years ago Bruce Grant Belmont, CA , US
    58259 2.2 years ago Anonymous CA , US
    58258 2.2 years ago WILLIAM PHANSTIEL FL , US
    58257 2.2 years ago Jan Repp B.P., CA , US
    58256 2.2 years ago Cynthia Maher Los Angeles, CA , US
    58255 2.2 years ago Oscar De Long Warwick, RI , US
    58254 2.2 years ago Barbara Gude Santa Rosa, CA , US
    58253 2.2 years ago Bjorn & Jacqueline Billing Sarasota, FL , US
    58252 2.2 years ago brendan nolan Lilyfield, NB , AU could you please tell the president to pardon c.i.a whistleblower jeffrey sterling and set him free
    58251 2.2 years ago Peter C. Frazer Sr. Kennesaw, GA , US
    58250 2.2 years ago Ruah Wild Greenbrae, CA , US
    58249 2.2 years ago Anonymous Arlington, TX , US
    58248 2.2 years ago Tim Manion Sammamish, WA , US President Obama -
    Time is now quickly running out for this administration to show even the slightest inclination to live up to its many promises regarding justice, transparency, and peace, promi...
    58247 2.2 years ago Carl Gettleman Santa Monica, CA , US
    58246 2.2 years ago Anonymous Durham, ot , GB
    58245 2.2 years ago John de Clef Piñeiro, Esq. New York, NY , US
    58244 2.2 years ago Liz Schwartz Arroyo Seco, NM , US
    58243 2.2 years ago Mel MC Miller San Diego, CA , US I cn think of 1major rezn this was false cover from beginning, & only 1 rezn 4Revocaion &absolute Expungement.
    58242 2.2 years ago Charles Glass London, CA , GB
    58241 2.2 years ago Tiana Brachel Cartersville, GA , US
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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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