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Jeffrey Sterling

Why I Still Have Hope In The American Dream That Failed Me

Jeffrey Sterling | Posted 08.19.2016 | Black Voices
Jeffrey Sterling

I am now in prison, and like so many other black bodies, I have been systematically removed from the American collective.

Jeffrey Sterling Completes One Year Of Unjust Prison Sentence

Cornel West | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Cornel West

Justice must be served for this mockery of the truth. Jeffrey is innocent, and always has been. Our appeal to the President to pardon Jeffrey is a request for the acknowledgment of this undeniable injustice done to Jeffrey and amends to the wrongful conviction that changed our lives forever.

Jeffrey Sterling Completes One Year Of Unjust Prison Sentence

Jeffrey Sterling | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Jeffrey Sterling

Yesterday, June 16th, marked one year since Jeffrey Sterling began his 3.5 year prison sentence for divulging classified information to a New York Times journalist, a crime he did not commit.

'Where Are You?': An Open Letter to American Civil Rights Groups

Jeffrey Sterling | Posted 08.14.2016 | Black Voices
Jeffrey Sterling

Though I am invisible to you, others, many others, see me and see the injustice that I have endured for a very long time. Have you not read the editorials, articles and commentaries? I am now in prison for a crime I did not commit.

Would CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Last week CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn't be there. Sterling was one of the CIA's few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Jeffrey Sterling vs. the CIA: An Untold Story of Race and Retribution

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A dozen years before his recent sentencing to a 42-month prison term based, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was in the midst of a protracted and fruitless effort to find someone in Congress willing to look into his accusations about racial discrimination at the agency.

A New Dark Age

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Parenti's observation summed up a deep sense of puzzled frustration I've been feeling for a long time, which has been growing in intensity since the Reagan era and even more so since 9/11 and the unleashed Bush agenda.

No, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Didn't Get a Light Sentence

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Even if the jury's guilty verdict was correct -- and after sitting through the entire trial, I'd say the government didn't come close to its burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt -- an overarching truth is that the whistleblower(s) who provided journalist Risen with information about Operation Merlin rendered a major public service.

Finally -- CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Can Be Seen and Heard, Right here.

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

For more than four years -- ever since his indictment on Espionage Act charges -- the public could not hear the voice of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. Until now.

Ex- CIA Officer Convicted For New York Times Leak

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Media

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - A former CIA officer was sentenced on Monday to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to a New York Ti...

CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences -- casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.

CIA Mission: Perfume the Stench of 'Operation Merlin'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

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."

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.

CIA Leak Trial: 'This Case Is Not About Politics' [sic]

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A heavy shroud over this trial -- almost hidden by news media in plain sight -- has been context: the CIA's collusion with the Bush White House a dozen years ago, using WMD fear and fabrication to stampede the United States into making war on Iraq.

Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The subject of competence is a sore spot for career CIA employees proud of their hard-boiled affects. From their vantage points, it can't be expunged by dismissing critics as impractical idealists and bleeding hearts merely concerned with the morality of drones, torture or renditions.

Why the CIA Is So Eager to Demolish Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

With the Sterling trial, the CIA is airing soiled threads of its dirty laundry as never before in open court. The agency seems virtually obsessed with trying to refute the negative portrayal of Operation Merlin in James Risen's 2006 book, State of War.

Race, Leaks and Prosecution at the CIA

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Few pixels and little ink went to the witness just before Rice -- former CIA spokesman William Harlow -- whose testimony stumbled into indicating why he thought of Sterling early on in connection with the leak, which ultimately resulted in a ten-count indictment.

Scapegoating CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Hearing the testimony from CIA operatives, it's clear that the agency is extremely eager to make an example of Sterling. Despite all the legalisms, the overarching reality is that the case against Sterling is scarcely legal -- it is cravenly political.

Sterling Trial Opens in CIA Matrix

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors made routine references to "three-letter agencies" and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances.

Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

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.

Criminal Wrongdoing and the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

According to the operating consensus, the American public has no right to know what the CIA is up to, even when what it's up to is extremely questionable in terms of dealing with our officially proclaimed enemies; and liberating such data from the crypt called classification is criminal behavior.