The leak trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling never got near a smoking gun, but the entire circumstantial case was a smokescreen. Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it “may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA.”
|By: Norman Solomon Thursday February 5, 2015 5:00 pm|
|By: Norman Solomon Tuesday January 27, 2015 4:00 pm|
The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.
Sterling’s indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government’s charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and vengeful — with the classic trash-the-whistleblower word “disgruntled” thrown in — all of which the mainline media dutifully recounted without any other perspective.
|By: David Swanson Saturday January 17, 2015 2:45 pm|
The Jeffrey Sterling trial is a bit disheartening for anyone who’d rather humanity paid a bit of attention to avoiding nuclear apocalypse, even though Sterling exposed the CIA’s crime to Congress, and Sterling or someone else (at least 90 people could have done it) exposed the crime to an author who put it in a book and would have put it in the New York Times if, you know, it weren’t the New York Times (the paper obeyed Condoleezza Rice’s demand for censorship).
The last time a whistleblower defendant faced prosecution in civilian U.S. court for “espionage” it was Dan Ellsberg, and the New York Times was a radically different beast.
|By: Norman Solomon Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00 am|
Condoleezza Rice made headlines when she testified Thursday at the leak trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — underscoring that powerful people in the Bush administration went to great lengths a dozen years ago to prevent disclosure of a classified operation. But as The Associated Press noted, “While Rice’s testimony helped establish the importance [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 15, 2015 4:07 pm|
In the first week of the trial against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, prosecutors have presented details about an operation involving a Russian asset who secretly provided Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. Sterling is accused of leaking classified information that exposed this operation. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also taken [...]
|By: David Swanson Wednesday January 14, 2015 2:00 pm|
Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but — unlike the Chelsea Manning trial — most of the seats at this somewhat similar event are empty.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 12, 2015 4:00 pm|
The Justice Department has moved to exclude New York Times reporter James Risen as an “unavailable witness” at the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of leaking classified information. The move comes after Sterling’s defense subpoenaed Risen and is the clearest sign yet that Risen has won his fight against the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 5, 2015 4:00 pm|
New York Times journalist James Risen testified in a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, during a pretrial hearing in a leak case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. The hearing was held so US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema could determine what questions Risen would have to answer at trial as a subpoenaed witness. The [...]
|By: DSWright Monday December 29, 2014 11:00 am|
Its one thing for the press to get spun, its another to knowingly transmit misleading statements. — James Risen (@JamesRisen) December 28, 2014 Yesterday the media declared that the war in Afghanistan is over. This will, no doubt, be a great surprise to the troops still stationed in Afghanistan who have been ordered by President [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:00 pm|
A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, has authorized a subpoena for New York Times reporter James Risen to force him to provide testimony in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Prosecutors would be able to ask if he had a “prior non-confidential reporter-source relationship” with Risen. The former CIA officer is alleged to [...]