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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    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58340 1 year ago Jason Brinkman Corona, CA , US
    58339 1 year ago christine decamp point reyes station, CA , US
    58338 1 year ago Roxanna Marinak Petaluma, CA , US
    58337 1 year ago Anonymous Chula Vista, CA , US
    58336 1 year ago Tammy Swoboda Indianapolis, IN , US
    58335 1 year ago Joe Vitovec Anacortes, WA , US
    58334 1 year ago Karyn Cortani Felton, CA , US more and more people are learning the truth, and where to find it. Soon we will be the majority. The only way to restore citizens' faith in their government, is if the government starts acting on be...
    58333 1 year ago Albert Krauss Ukiah, CA , US Whistleblowers are vital as check and balance in our intelligence and military dominated government
    58332 1 year ago Susan Lee Northbrook, IL , US
    58331 1 year ago Anne Borden Aztec, NM , US It causes me deep sorrow, but I am ashamed of my President.
    58330 1 year ago Leon anderson grass valley, CA , US
    58329 1 year ago Anonymous Three Forks, MT , US
    58328 1 year ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58327 1 year ago Henry Stoever Overland Park, KS , US
    58326 1 year ago Patricia Kunkel Oklahoma City, OK , US While I cannot understand the full gravity that is presumed here that convinced a jury to convict this man, I do possess an ability to see that that the President needs to sit down and study this. A...
    58325 1 year ago Sharif Corinaldi Brooklyn, NY , US
    58324 1 year ago Sharif Corinaldi Brooklyn, NY , US
    58323 1 year ago BJ Lither Sterling Heights, MI , US
    58322 1 year ago Amrita Burdick Kansas City, MO , US
    58321 1 year ago Lauri Fried-Lee San Francisco, CA , US
    58320 1 year ago Andrew Green San Francisco, CA , US
    58319 1 year ago Kurt Hulse Seattle, CO , US
    58318 1 year ago Dan Myers Los Angeles , CA , US
    58317 1 year ago Spencer Graves Overland Park , KS , US Dear President Obama: Could you please pardon CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling and also declassify the CIA studies that led you to say that the CIA "could not come up with much" when you asked the...
    58316 1 year ago Christina Irwin Lake Oswego, OR , US Please President Obama, pardon Jeffrey Sterling and take the vital stand to support the freedom of the press on which our democracy was founded. While I recognize that this has been a difficult iss...
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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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