Im­pris­oned for­mer CIA of­fi­cer fights con­vic­tion over leak

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A for­mer CIA em­ployee serv­ing a 3½-year prison sen­tence for leak­ing gov­ern­ment se­crets to a re­porter is tak­ing his case to a fed­eral ap­peals court.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals will hear Jef­frey Ster­ling’s case Tues­day.

A jury con­victed the 49-year-old on all counts last year af­ter he was charged un­der the Es­pi­onage Act for leak­ing de­tails of a CIA mis­sion to New York Times re­porter James Risen.

Pros­e­cu­tors por­trayed Ster­ling as a dis­grun­tled ex-em­ployee who ex­posed a plan to stall Iran’s am­bi­tions to build a nu­clear weapon to dis­credit the CIA.

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