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CIA Officer Goes To Trial For Leaking Classified Information

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A former CIA officer who leaked classified documents to a New York Times reporter was convicted of espionage today in federal court and could potentially face decades in jail. Jeffrey Sterling, who was fired from the CIA in 2002, had a contentious relationship with the agency, at one point unsuccessfully suing for racial discrimination. Not long after, prosecutors said, he began leaking information to Times reporter James Risen. He was eventually indicted in 2011 after Risen published information about a failed CIA plan to sabotage Iran's nuclear program by giving the country "intentionally flawed nuclear component schematics," in a 2006 novel, State of War. The court was prepared to compel Risen to testify against Sterling, but prosecutors ultimately declined to call him to the stand, relying instead on circumstantial evidence. Via the Times: The trial was part Washington spectacle, part cloak and dagger. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified, as did C.I.A. operatives who gave only their first names and last initials, with their faces shielded behind seven-foot-high partitions. A scientist was referred to only by his code name, Merlin. His wife was Mrs. Merlin. He'll be sentenced in April. Join #FOWLERNATION!! http://bit.ly/SubscribeFowlerNation Become a Patron! http://Patreon.com/FowlerShow 3 Steps To Join #FowlerNation! 1. Subscribe To The Fowler Show: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFowlerNation 2. 'Like' The Richard Fowler Show on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RichardFowlerShow 3. 'Follow' Us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/fowlershow These Patrons make the Fowler Show possible ($20+ monthly donation on Patreon.com/FowlerShow) & we couldn't do it without them! Truthservers.com Are you a fan of The Fowler Show? Become a Patron & help support independent media! Learn more here: http://www.patreon.com/fowlershow Want to help out but don't have any money to donate? Donate your account & help us get our stories out on social media. Learn more here: http://www.donateyouraccount.com/fowlershow If you liked this clip, share it with your friends and hit that "like" button! 1,500 Subscriber Behind The Scenes Reward Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT9x1PvQTBU Subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes for free! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-richard-fowler-show/id510713880 @fowlershow @richardafowler http://www.facebook.com/richardfowlershow http://www.fowlershow.com http://fowlershow.tumblr.com/ STORY:http://gawker.com/cia-officer-guilty-of-espionage-for-leaking-classified-1681932449