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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-07-11 01:15 PM
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Ex-C.I.A. Officer Named in Disclosure Indictment
WASHINGTON The Justice Department on Thursday announced the indictment of a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who is accused of disclosing classified information to a reporter, in the latest example of a crackdown by the Obama administration on leaking to journalists.

The former officer, Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, who worked at the C.I.A. from 1993 until he was fired in 2002, was arrested Thursday in St. Louis. He was indicted Dec. 22 on charges that he disclosed restricted information to a journalist about a clandestine program intended to impede the progress of unnamed countries weapons capabilities.

While the indictment does not identify the journalist or the intelligence operation, its details make clear that prosecutors believe Mr. Sterling was talking to James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times. Mr. Risen wrote about a C.I.A. attempt to disrupt Iranian nuclear research in his 2006 book, State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration.

That material did not appear in The Times. The indictment says that the journalist worked on an article about the program in 2003, but the newspaper decided not to publish it after government officials told editors that such a disclosure would jeopardize national security. But Mr. Risen devoted a chapter of his book to the program, which he portrayed as a flawed operation that may have helped the Iranians gain nuclear technology. He was twice subpoenaed to divulge his source; once by the Bush administration, and, after the first grand jury investigating the case expired, again last year by the Obama administration.
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 01:45 PM
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1. Operation Merlin
Not exactly the best the CIA has to offer.
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