Wife of jailed CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling demands his release with WH petition

Convicted of espionage, ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling has been in prison since June. But on Wednesday in Washington, DC, his wife Holly led the call for a presidential pardon, with support from other whistleblowers and over 100,000 petition signers.

At the National Press Club, Holly Sterling read excerpts from the letter she wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to “show what it means to be a true leader.”

"You publicly committed to a transparent government led by your administration, yet it has been shrouded in mistruths and secrecy," Holly read, calling her husband’s conviction an “injustice.”

“Justice at some point is going to be served,” she said. “The truth must come out. He is innocent, and he has always been innocent.”

Jeffrey Sterling is serving a three-and-a-half-year term in a Denver prison for allegedly collaborating with New York Times journalist James Risen. More specifically, he is accused of leaking details of a bungled CIA plot against Iran’s civilian nuclear program, Operation Merlin, which Risen wrote about in his book State of War. Sterling and Risen both still deny the government’s case...


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