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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  • 51-75 of 58385 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    58335 11 months ago Joe Vitovec Anacortes, WA , US
    58334 12 months 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 12 months ago Albert Krauss Ukiah, CA , US Whistleblowers are vital as check and balance in our intelligence and military dominated government
    58332 12 months ago Susan Lee Northbrook, IL , US
    58331 12 months ago Anne Borden Aztec, NM , US It causes me deep sorrow, but I am ashamed of my President.
    58330 12 months ago leon anderson grass valley, CA , US
    58329 12 months ago Anonymous Three Forks, MT , US
    58328 12 months ago Johnny Jones Jr Minneapolis, MN , US
    58327 12 months ago Henry Stoever Overland Park, KS , US
    58326 12 months 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 12 months ago Sharif Corinaldi Brooklyn, NY , US
    58324 12 months ago Sharif Corinaldi Brooklyn, NY , US
    58323 12 months ago BJ Lither Sterling Heights, MI , US
    58322 12 months ago Amrita Burdick Kansas City, MO , US
    58321 12 months ago Lauri Fried-Lee San Francisco, CA , US
    58320 12 months ago Andrew Green San Francisco, CA , US
    58319 12 months ago Kurt Hulse Seattle, CO , US
    58318 12 months ago Dan Myers Los Angeles , CA , US
    58317 12 months 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 12 months 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...
    58315 12 months ago Ptolemy Adams Grandville, MI , US
    58314 12 months ago Maya Bergstrom CA , US
    58313 12 months ago Laurie Neal Fresno, CA , US
    58312 12 months ago Phil Van Hooser Houston, TX , US If truth is served, Jeffrey should be pardoned. Whistleblowers should not be paying a price when their actions prove to be a public service.
    58311 12 months ago Diana Henry Iowa City, IA , 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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