Defense Asks Court to Sentence Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling as Leaker, Not a Spy or Communist

By: Saturday April 25, 2015 2:00 pm

The defense for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, has asked a court in Alexandria, Virginia, to “see” Sterling “not as a spy or a communist who committed espionage” but as someone who leaked information to a reporter. Sterling’s defense requests that he be [...]

 

US Government: Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling is ‘No Whistleblower,’ Deserves Lengthy Prison Sentence

By: Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:10 pm

A sentencing memo from the United States government submitted to a federal court on Monday argued former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is “no whistleblower” and recommended that Sterling be given a severe and lengthy prison sentence. The appropriate range of nineteen and a half to twenty-four years was suggested. During a January trial, the government [...]

Prosecution Against Alleged Stuxnet Leaker Reportedly Stalls Over US Foreign Policy Considerations

By: Tuesday March 10, 2015 5:00 pm

The Washington Post has reported that the leak prosecution of retired Marine General James E. “Hoss” Cartwright, who allegedly disclosed information on the Stuxnet cyber attack against Iran’s nuclear program, has stalled. United States government officials are apparently concerned it may impact US-Israel relations or jeopardize a nuclear deal with Iran.

Jury Convicts Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling of Leaking to Journalist & Violating Espionage Act

By: Monday January 26, 2015 4:00 pm

Sterling’s case was the first case involving an alleged leak to the press to proceed to a full trial in thirty years. The last case involved Samuel L. Morison, a Navy civilian analyst who was charged under President Ronald Reagan for leaking photographs of Soviet ships to alert America to what he perceived as a new threat.

No, Supporters of Whistleblowers & Openness in Government Should Not Defend David Petraeus

By: Wednesday January 14, 2015 5:00 pm

David Petraeus is not the next victim in President Barack Obama’s crackdown on leaks. He is not someone that should be defended like previous whistleblowers, who have been prosecuted aggressively and charged with violating the Espionage Act. People opposed to excessive secrecy by the United States government do not have an obligation to oppose prosecution [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder to Decide Whether to Charge David Petraeus with Violating Espionage Act

By: Saturday January 10, 2015 3:00 pm

Justice Department and FBI prosecutors have recommended felony charges against former CIA director David Petraeus for leaking classified information to his mistress for a biography she was writing about him. It is now up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether Petraeus should be charged and prosecuted for committing a crime, such as violating [...]

CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling, Set to Go on Trial in January, Deserves Support as Whistleblower

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 11:00 am

The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government’s siege against whistleblowing. With its use of the Espionage Act to intimidate and prosecute people for leaks in “national security” realms, the Obama administration is determined to keep hiding important facts [...]

Torture and the Myth of Never Again: The Persecution of John Kiriakou

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 9:00 am

No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]

Congressman Criticizes ‘Selective Prosecution’ of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Calls for Pardon

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 4:00 pm

On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.”

Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under President George W. Bush’s administration.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Was Marked Dangerous After BOP Categorized His Crime as ‘Espionage-Related’

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 9:21 am

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, has written a letter describing how he was given a special designation marking him dangerous. This led to him not being sent to a minimum security camp, and he reveals he was put in a low-security facility because the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inappropriately categorized his offense as one related to “espionage.”

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