Ex-CIA agent from Mo. awaits espionage trial

NewsChannel 5 contacted Jeffrey Sterling Wednesday for reaction to NBC News' Edward Snowden interview. He could not speak with us because he's awaiting trial for allegedly leaking government secrets to a New York Times reporter.

The Washington University Law School graduate was arrested in 2011.

From 1993 until 2002 Sterling was a CIA agent assigned to a classified, clandestine operations. In 2011 he was indicted accused of leaking defense secrets.

That was a big surprise to his neighbors in O'Fallon, Missouri. He started a new life there, post-CIA living quietly and working at Wellpoint Health. That's where he was arrested on a January day.

Among the charges against him: stealing classified documents and other information from the CIA and deliberately choosing to disclose the classified information to a member of the media, knowing that such an individual would not reveal his identity.

Prosecutors say the media member was Pulitzer journalist James Risen, author of the 2006 book State of War which details the CIA's covert spy war with Iran.

Sterling has been in limbo because Risen is fighting a subpoena requiring him to testify at his trial.

On Thursday the Supreme Court will discuss whether to hear Risen's appeal and whether a journalist can be jailed for refusing to identify a confidential source.


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