Ex-CIA man from Missouri had motive to leak classified info

2 years 5 months 4 days ago January 22, 2015 Jan 22, 2015 Thursday, January 22 2015 Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:45:02 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA (AP) - Prosecutors said a disgruntled ex-CIA officer from Missouri was the only person with the knowledge, motive and opportunity to leak details of a classified operation against Iran to a New York Times journalist.

A federal judge heard the case during closing arguments Thursday in the leak trial of former CIA man, 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Missouri.

The government laid out a circumstantial case, saying Sterling was bitter about perceived mistreatment at the agency and retaliated by disclosing a classified operation to reporter James Risen.

The mission involved plans to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions by giving them deliberately flawed weapons designs.

Defense lawyers said more than 90 people knew about the operation, and said it is more likely the leak came from Capitol Hill, where staffers had been briefed on the program.

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