Ex-CIA Agent Arrested Over Leak to Times Reporter
Jeffrey Sterling allegedly leaked details of spy war with Iran
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2011 9:54 AM CST
This is a 1971 close up of the seal of the US Central Intelligence Agency.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged with leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter. Jeffrey Sterling, 43, was nabbed yesterday, and is being held through the weekend because the government has declared him dangerous. The indictment didn’t say what he’d leaked, but connecting the dots, the AP is confident the case revolves around leaks used in James Risen’s 2006 book State of War, which covered the CIA’s espionage campaign against Iran.

Sterling, 43, used to man the Iranian desk at the CIA, handling Iranian spies who defected to the US. In Risen’s book, he allegedly revealed a 2004 “espionage disaster” in which a spy had accidentally exposed the CIA’s entire network in Iran. The indictment says Sterling revealed that info to get back at the CIA, which he once unsuccessfully sued for racial discrimination.

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finkster
Jan 7, 2011 12:18 PM CST
CIA = Crimes In Action....
TessTalks
Jan 7, 2011 11:24 AM CST
When are they going to arrest Dick Chaney for outing Valerie Plame, ruining her stella career and putting lots of undercover CIA lives in jeopardy?
NlCK
Jan 7, 2011 10:22 AM CST
That's as scary as the Patriot Act. As a part of their daily operations, the CIA can -- and does -- falsify information. In terms of defending himself, what chance does he have?