Jan 6, 2011

Feds charge ex-CIA officer in leak to NY Times

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who worked on the agency's Iran desk, has been charged with 10 counts of disclosing classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen.

From the Associated Press story:
The indictment did not say specifically what was leaked but, from the dates and other details, it was clear that the case centered on leaks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen for his 2006 book, "State of War." The book revealed details about the CIA's covert spy war with Iran.


The indictment is the latest move in an aggressive Obama administration campaign to crack down on leaks, even as the administration has supported proposed legislation that would shield reporters from having to identify their sources.

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