WASHINGTON (AP) – An O’fallon Missouri man is jailed after allegedly leaking classified information about Iran to a New York Times reporter.

43 year old Jeffery Sterling is charged in a ten count indictment.

Sterling, a former C.I.A. officer was arrested yesterday and brought before a U.S. Magistrate who declared him a danger to the community and ordered Sterling held over the weekend.

The federal indictment charges Sterling with unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. 

The indictment did not specify what was leaked but the Associated Press reports the leaks were to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist James Risen for his 2008 book State of War , detailing information about the C.I.A.’s  covert spy war Iran.

 Sterling served on the Iranian desk at the C.I.A. and handled Iranian spies who defected to the U.S.  He had also been assigned to a classified clandestine operation that conducted intelligence on the weapons capabilities of certain countries.

Copyright Associated Press


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