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Former CIA Officer Indicted for Talking to Times

Friday, 07 Jan 2011 12:13 PM

A CIA officer fired in 2002 for divulging secrets to a journalist was arrested on Thursday and is under federal indictment, The New York Times reports. The former spy, Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, is accused of leaking classified material to Times reporter James Risen about a covert program to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions.

risen, book, cia, indictmentThe government persuaded the Times to quash an article about the program in 2003, but Risen devoted a chapter to it in his 2006 book, State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration.

Risen was subpoenaed twice to give up his source but says, "I never testified and never provided the government with any information."

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