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Another whistle-blower, Jeffrey Sterling, charged under: American Espionage Act.

Posted on: December 18, 2015

Pardon Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistle-blower

Christophe Deloire, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders, posted: 

My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately pardon my husband.” Holly Sterling

During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence — emails and telephone conversations — to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

This is the petition of Holly Sterling, the wife of former C.I.A. officer Jeffrey Sterling, sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in May 2015.

His crime? Simply being in touch with New York Times journalist James Risen.

Since then, Holly has fought for her husband’s innocence. While an appeal of his conviction is underway, RSF has launched a petition on change.org to ask President Barack Obama for Jeffrey’s immediate and full pardon.

RSF has been concerned with Jeffrey’s case and the dangerous precedent his conviction set for press freedom. Jeffrey followed proper legal channels to disclose his concerns about a C.I.A. program, yet he was convicted under the American Espionage Act.

To help this cause, to reach a large number of signatures on the petition, to pressure President Obama to pardon Jeffrey, we need your help.

Sign the petition and help spread the message using #pardonforjeffrey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Note: How come this petition doesn’t explain in what matter the government is so irked about and the context of the problem? I am in the dark, was denied to form an opinion, so that I should sign this petition

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