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The CIA drew up plans for a key part of a nuclear bomb (what a CIA officer on Wednesday described in his testimony as “the crown jewels” of a nuclear weapons program), inserted flaws in the plans, and then had a Russian give those flawed plans to Iran
aiding Iran in developing a part of a bomb would be illegal under U.S. export control laws, and that they were aware at the time that there was the possibility of what they were doing constituting just such aid.
Why give Iran flawed plans for a key part of a nuclear weapon? Why fantasize about giving Iran the thing already built ......... Because then you can point out that Iran has them
Attend this trial, people. Report on it. Report the truth. You’ll have no competition. The big media are not in the room.
Jeffrey A. Sterling was a man with an ax to grind. Upset over losses in his legal squabbles with the CIA, they argued, the former officer leaked classified details to a reporter about an important program to learn about and deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
But the way his defense attorneys tell it, Sterling, 47, was a “patriot” who joined the CIA because he loved his country. They argued that he never told any unauthorized person about his clandestine work for the U.S. government, and they suggested that there were a few other people who might not have been so honest.
With those opening salvos, the two sides kicked off the criminal leak case against Sterling on Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria — a years-in-the-making trial that promises to serve as a reminder of how aggressively the Obama administration has pursued alleged leakers.
Between 2002 and 2004, the U.S. federal government intercepted several interstate emails to and from Sterling, which were "(...) routed through a server located in the Eastern District of Virginia (...)". The authorities also traced telephone calls between Sterling and—according to a senior government official—the journalist and book author James Risen. In the intercepted communications, Sterling allegedly revealed national defense information to an unauthorized person.
On December 22, 2010, U.S. attorney Neil H. MacBride filed an indictment against Jeffrey Alexander Sterling on the Unlawful Retention and Unauthorized Disclosure of National Defense Information, Mail Fraud, Unauthorized Conveyance of Government Property, and Obstruction of Justice. Sterling was arrested on January 6, 2011. Sterling became the fifth individual in the history of the United States who has been charged, under the Espionage Act, with mishandling national defense information.
In a hearing at the U.S. District Court on January 14, 2011, Sterling's defense attorney, Edward MacMahon, entered a not guilty plea. MacMahon reported to the court that he was still waiting for clearance to discuss the case in detail with his client. Rather than relying exclusively on records of electronic communications to legally establish that Sterling exchanged information with Risen, the prosecution has subpoenaed Risen to testify and reveal his journalistic sources, an effort which Risen and his attorneys are contesting.
Sterling is free on bail pending trial.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The wife of a top CIA asset testified Wednesday that she feared her family would be discovered by Russian intelligence agencies after details of a covert operation leaked into print.
The Russian emigre took the stand at the leak trial of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, 47, of O’Fallon, Missouri. Prosecutors say Sterling leaked information about a CIA asset nicknamed “Merlin” to New York Times journalist James Risen, who in his 2006 book “State of War” described a CIA effort to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions by using Merlin to funnel deliberately flawed blueprints to the Iranians.
Operation Merlin is an alleged United States covert operation under the Clinton Administration to provide Iran with a flawed design for building a nuclear weapon in order to delay the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is on trial for violating the espionage act.
Operation Merlin may have accelerated Iran's nuclear program by providing useful information, once the flaws were identified, and the plans compared with other sources
originally posted by: damwel
Ah the beauty of a free press that tells its people exactly what they are told to.
originally posted by: Indigent
CIA is not on trial, Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is on trial for violating the espionage act.
but hey what ever you like to hoax
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
originally posted by: shaneslaughta
Why is this not in the news? Why is it a blog?
Where are there any OFFICIAL statement on this court case?
Because it's probably not true.
On January 6, 2011, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling on charges of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. A trial date has been set for January 13, 2015.
Text When "State of War" was published in 2003, Merlin had not heard anything further from the Iranians, but it was not inconceivable that they would have taken three to five years to study the plans and develop the complex fire sets, Bob. S said.
The publication of the book meant the CIA had to drop Classified Program No. 1 and deactivate Merlin as an asset.
"It shut it down completely and made all of our efforts for naught," Bob S. said.
Leaking CIA information to the world "has a chilling effect," Bob S. said, and the negative impacts of Risen's book were significant.