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.

 

Podcast: Journalist Marcy Wheeler Reports on Trial Against Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling for Alleged Leak

By: Sunday January 25, 2015 2:00 pm

A jury continues to deliberate on a verdict in the trial against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of leaking details about a CIA operation that involved a Russian asset, who secretly provided Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. The government claims he leaked the details to New York Times journalist [...]

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 [...]

After Relentless Pursuit Against Reporter James Risen, Justice Department Moves to Exclude from Leak Trial

By: 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 [...]

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 [...]

During Pretrial Hearing, Journalist James Risen Refuses to Help US Government with Leak Case

By: 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 [...]

In Leak Case, Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

By: 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 [...]

CIA Had Propaganda Campaign Which Involved Leaking Classified Information to Sell Torture

By: Wednesday December 10, 2014 11:10 am

The CIA had a propaganda campaign to defend its detention and interrogation program. It involved the leaking of classified information to shape the public’s opinion, undermine criticism and deceive Congress and is detailed in the executive summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report, which shows the extent to which CIA officials were willing to [...]

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.

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