Ex-CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to 42 Months for NYT Leak

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, second from left, leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Jan. 26, 2015, in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, second from right, attorney Barry Pollack, right, and attorney Edward MacMahon, after his conviction. Kevin Wolf/AP

Former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to 42 months in prison on Monday for leaking secrets to New York Times reporter James Risen, according to Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post.

Sterling, 47, a 10-year veteran of the spy agency, was accused of telling Risen about a failed CIA operation to derail Iran's nuclear weapons program by providing it with deliberately misleading technical blueprints, thus harming national security.

In 2006, Risen published a book, State of War, that detailed an account of the operation. He called it "hopelessly botched, and possibly backfiring by giving the Iranians blueprints that could be useful to them if they sorted out the good information from the errors," according to a summary from the Associated Press.

Sterling's case is the latest in a series in which the Obama administration has used a 1917 act meant to deter spies against alleged leakers, whom supporters hail as whistleblowers.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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