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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  • 176-200 of 58387 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58212 1 year ago Steven Prow Columbus , OH , US
    58211 1 year ago Liisa Nenonen Oakland, CA , US
    58210 1 year ago yvonne greenbaum terrell hills, TX , US
    58209 1 year ago Anonymous Shrewsbury , ot , GB Speaking out isn't an imprisonable offence is it? Really?
    58208 1 year ago wandis wilcox aptos, CA , US Whistleblowing within a true democracy means revealing unlawful and corrupt behavior for the benefit of it's citizens. So why is this man being punished for doing the right thing?
    58207 1 year ago Vasileios Grigoriou Prenton, ot , GB
    58206 1 year ago Jessica Perry FL , US
    58205 1 year ago Dave Weissbard Canton, NY , US
    58204 1 year ago Helena Holm Helsinki, ot , FI
    58203 1 year ago Lorenzo Canizares Miami, FL , US A democracy needs to protect its whistleblowers to properly function
    58202 1 year ago michael weber berkeley, CA , US
    58201 1 year ago Kathy Geubtner Gig Harbor, WA , US Obama, let this man go free. He's clearly innocent and was convicted on no evidence.
    58200 1 year ago Mireya Espana Chicago, IL , US
    58199 1 year ago Christiane Dechert Laramie, WA , US
    58198 1 year ago Brian Reynolds Atlantic City, NJ , US
    58197 1 year ago Jim Wood Harrisburg, PA , US
    58196 1 year ago Thomas Lim Flushing, NY , US
    58195 1 year ago John de Clef Piñeiro, Esq. New York, NY , US Disclosing the truth to the American people is only a crime when those who committed the crime are in power.
    58194 1 year ago Evan Ravitz Boulder , CO , US
    58193 1 year ago Anonymous durango, CO , US
    58192 1 year ago Cornelia Kurz Arlington, VA , US
    58191 1 year ago Anonymous Grand Junction, CO , US
    58190 1 year ago Martha Mcpherson Boulder, CO , US
    58189 1 year ago Eljo Nash Pasadena, CA , MX
    58188 1 year ago lise rehbock berkeley, CA , 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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