Jeffrey Sterling

Jeffrey Sterling is an American lawyer and former CIA employee. He was one of the only CIA intelligence officers to ever file an employment discrimination suit against the spy agency. As whistle-blower, brought the issue of discrimination and concerns over a flawed intelligence operation code-named “Merlin” to the attention of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. After being fired from the CIA, he found success as an investigator combating health insurance and medicare fraud, waste, and abuse. In 2015, he was unjustly convicted under the 100-year old Espionage Act for allegedly releasing classified information to a New York Times reporter. Reporters Without Borders called his conviction a breach of First Amendment protections. He was released from prison in 2018 after serving more than two and a half years. He is currently writing a memoir on his life and experiences in racial America and as a whistle-blower. Sterling is now available for speaking engagements, his first public appearances. In the Bay Area, he will be joined by journalist Norman Solomon and/or Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg.

Background links:
* “CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison” / The Nation
* “Should Journalists Care If Sources Go Off to Prison?” / Columbia Journalism Review

Watch the Short Documentary “The Invisible Man: CIA Whistle blower Jeffrey Sterling