Operation Merlin: The Russian’s Case Officers

On the first day of the Jeffrey Sterling trial, the government called the Russian scientist’s first 3 CIA case officers. By the third, Zach, their case already began to show holes.

Sterling Trial Opens in Security-State Matrix

When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors made routine references to “three-letter agencies” and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life, the jury pool was bound to please the prosecution. In a […]

Jeffrey Sterling: The Government’s Circumstantial Case

The government presented a compelling, but circumstantial case. Jeffrey Sterling’s lawyer poked big holes in that. But the government doesn’t have to prove Sterling was James Risen’s only source, just that he did serve as a source for classified information.

Government Declares a Monopoly on the Right to Call James Risen as a Witness

The government wants to prevent Jeffrey Sterling from calling James Risen to testify.

Government Wants to Know Potential Sterling Jurors’ Opinions about Whistleblowers

While the government objects to the judge asking questions about potential jurors’ in the Jeffrey Sterling trial opinions about Condoleezza Rice, it does want to know how they feel about whistleblowers.

The Jeffrey Sterling Trial: A Preview

An overview of what to expect from the Jeffrey Sterling trial.

Risen Testifies at Sterling Pre-Trial Hearing

James Risen sat alone in the far corner of the expansive hallway outside the courtroom. It was a fitting beginning for a day in which he seemed alone, even apart from his lawyers. Risen was there in response to a government subpoena to testify in a pre-trial in the case of Jeffery Sterling. The government claims that Sterling, while working for the CIA, was a source in Risen’s reporting on an alleged U.S. government scheme to transfer flawed nuclear weapons blueprints to Iran more than a decade ago.

House Intelligence Committee Raises Speech and Debate Concerns for Jeffrey Sterling Testimony

The House Intelligence Committee asked for and obtained a protective order to sharply limit the testimony of former House Intelligence staffer Michael Sheehy in the Jeffrey Sterling trial.

Judge Brinkema Doubts Government Claims about the Russian Scientist

Judge Brinkema points to past government exaggerations when approving a subpoena for the Russian scientist involved in the Merlin plot.

In Plan for Risen Subpoena, Government Raises Sixth Amendment Interests of Jeffrey Sterling

In a filing, the government has limited the testimony it will demand from James Risen. But it raises the possibility that Jeffrey Sterling will demand more.