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Posted on 01/14/2011 4:20:20 PM PST by lbryce
Ex-CIA Officer Indicted for Leaking Classified Info to New York Reporter
Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer, was indicted today for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen. The indictment shows that the federal government had access to their e-mail and phone contacts going back several years.
Sterling served on the Iran desk of the CIA in the 1990s, and oversaw a classified program aimed at sabotaging the development of its nuclear programming. He left the CIA in 2000 and sued for racial discrimination (he is African American) in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the suit on the grounds that litigating it could reveal state secrets. Sterling later battled the CIA over a memoir he hoped to write after the agency heavily redacted his proposed drafts.
The indictment accuses Sterling of leaking information and documents about a highly classified program to "Author A," who is almost certainly New York Times reporter James Risen, over the course of three years from 2001 to 2004. The program involved someone described as "Human Asset No. 1," a CIA operative managed by Sterling during his time at the agency, and the indictment says Sterling's disclosures to Risen about the program jeopardized the asset's cover.
The indictment shows, chillingly, that the federal government had been monitoring Risen and Sterlings' communications going back years. (Either that, or the feds recently grabbed copies of archived e-mails from Risen or Sterling's computer.) It quotes extensively from their e-mails to one anotherincluding one in which Risen sent Sterling a copy of the proposal for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administrationand notes
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What no New York Slimes coverage?
But no indictment for the reporter......sounds like discrimination to me.....
Revenge is a great motivator. You have to wonder what gets a guy that angry, though. Who hasn’t been screwed over in their career, you know?
Still, the information about Operation Merlin was very interesting. If nothing else, to showcase yet again how inept the CIA is.
Good. Now round up his associates and put them all behind bars.
“He left the CIA in 2000 and sued for racial discrimination....”
That all i need to know about this clown.
I hope he spend the next decade of summers playing hoop at Danbury.
Is this some kind of lame satire piece? Or is this actual news as written by a some Daily Collegian kid?
What kind of wuss spy outfit is the CIA anyway. M would have had Bond’s guts for garters.
“The indictment shows, chillingly, that the federal government had been monitoring Risen and Sterlings’ communications going back years.”
I fail to see why this is “chilling” since the leaks by the perp to the MSM validated the reason that NSA put the taps on in the first place!
“Spies seem primarily motivated by money, ideological considerations, combination of both ..”
Speaking as a former spook, you’re off base, buddy. Everyone I knew was motivated by love of country and love of the job.
You seem very confused about the usage of the word “spy”. And I’m just going to leave it that.
Spies who got their job through affirmative action and weren't very good at the job, seem primarily motivated by money, ideological considerations, or a combination of both ..
I don’t understand why this guy got prosecuted, when it is a well known fact that the NEW YORK TIMES is an AUTHORIZED OUTLET for ALL SECRETS.
If he had been giving information to Wikileaks, that would be a different thing.
‘bout damned time!!
How did someone like this get put in charge of a secret project to begin with?
Espionage agents as spies who turn traitor seem primarily motivated by money, ideological considerations, combination of both.
‘Spies seem primarily motivated by money, ideological considerations, combination of both ..
Spies who got their job through affirmative action and weren’t very good at the job, seem primarily motivated by money, ideological considerations, or a combination of both ..’
I doubt there are now, or ever have been, too many of those. You ought to stop smoking those things and stop reading those odd books.
OTOH, if you have some details to back up your assertions, bring ‘em on, but I suspect you’re just a mouthy twit.
“LOL. I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not. Hope you weren’t a spook on our side.
Okay, Master SPOOK, guy, I’ve got a mission for you.OPERATION:Research the meaning of Ideological Differences and then get back to us in a few years.”
Grow up, kid. It isn’t all about the movie stuff, in fact, mostly it’s real boring.
“Hope you werent a spook on our side.”
Score one for you, I WASN’T a spook for your side, I was a spook for the Naval Security Group/NSA, a contingent supporting the interests of the USA.