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CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:08 PM
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CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran


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.


One point is made that reminds me of the lies Americans were fed that ultimatly drew them into the invasion and occupation of both Iraq and Afghanistan.



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


Really surprised this has not gotten much attention LOL.
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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:18 PM
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Why is this not in the news? Why is it a blog?

Where are there any OFFICIAL statement on this court case?



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:22 PM
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Let's see: Iran didn't have a nuke so the CIA spends billions making and testing a phoney one so some Russian could give it to them? Well, visions of Netanyahu aside, who would benefit from such a scheme besides the US war machine? This is deranged.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:23 PM
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Ah the beauty of a free press that tells its people exactly what they are told to.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:26 PM
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Attend this trial, people. Report on it. Report the truth. You’ll have no competition. The big media are not in the room.


More proof that the MSM answers to the government and only reports what they are given permission. This is going to be an interesting trial, and this thread should be an interesting read.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:27 PM
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CIA is not on trial, Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is on trial for violating the espionage act.

Trial opens for ex-CIA officer accused of leaking information on anti-Iran program


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.


but hey what ever you like to hoax



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[7]—the journalist and book author James Risen. In the intercepted communications, Sterling allegedly revealed national defense information to an unauthorized person.[13]

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.[13] 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.[9][18][19][20]

In a hearing at the U.S. District Court on January 14, 2011, Sterling's defense attorney, Edward MacMahon, entered a not guilty plea.[21][22] MacMahon reported to the court that he was still waiting for clearance to discuss the case in detail with his client.[23] Rather than relying exclusively on records of electronic communications to legally establish that Sterling exchanged information with Risen,[24] the prosecution has subpoenaed Risen to testify and reveal his journalistic sources,[25] an effort which Risen and his attorneys are contesting.[26][27]

Sterling is free on bail pending trial.[28]


Jeffrey Alexander Sterling
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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:30 PM
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a reply to: Dabrazzo

Wowa - if true, this is huge! Thanks for the alert.



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.

source

Some leads
Jeffrey Alexander Sterling

Operation Merlin:

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.

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posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:40 PM
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Sterling does not even appear to be mentioned in the prosecution. Anyway, who could believe this half-cocked story about a dickey nuclear weapon being handed over, it's more like the real thing was handed over in part.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:41 PM
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Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is on trial for violating the espionage act.


Yes the article does explain this, not up to me how they title the piece though.

However the subject matter at hand is this.

Operation Merlin


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



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:46 PM
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You would think Iran would get a second opinion.

Like from Russia.




posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:49 PM
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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.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:49 PM
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I'd be asking why........
Why would the CIA do such a thing?
By who's say so?

An alternative energy that cuts out many corporations.....hence why the tightners have been imposed on Russia. .....
Meanwhile .....

ahhh never mind.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:50 PM
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originally posted by: damwel
Ah the beauty of a free press that tells its people exactly what they are told to.


Could be even deeper...

Maybe this is all smoke & mirrors. The underlying (false?) message here is that Iran is trying to get the bomb, so it would appear.

so.. "We gotta bring democrazy to Iran!" ?



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:56 PM
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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


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Jeffrey Sterling went to Congress with his story. As far as the OP, he /she has used the link headline as per ATS's T&C.
As I see it, The CIA/prosecution can't exclude themselves from the same charge they have for Sterling.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:56 PM
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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.


USA v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling: Selected Case Files


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.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:59 PM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

Rhetorical question. I already figured that out the minute i opened that link. I just didn't want to be that guy that jumps in first thing and shouts shenanigans.

I wanted to give some time to see what the other diggers could dredge up having found nothing of relevance myself.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 01:59 PM
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a reply to: Dabrazzo

What does that have to do with planting evidence in Iran of nuclear weapons? Looks like someone is getting prosecuted for leaking information to me.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 02:03 PM
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Ah, I found another article about it here in Courthouse news.


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.


So it would seem that it's the publication of the book that shut down the operation. Dis man is in very deep doo-doo. I'm just surprised he made it to trial.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 02:05 PM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

Ah thought you meant the actual existence of the case itself

But the subject matter?, who knows, its the CIA eh. Seems to be he alerted a journalist/author over the CIA's illegal operation with Iran and got busted for it.



posted on Jan, 15 2015 @ 02:07 PM
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a reply to: Dabrazzo

Same # different day huh? That's one thing I really despise about the Obama admin, how they go after whistleblowers so badly.



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