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Former CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter James Risen

WASHINGTON -- A federal jury Monday convicted former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for revealing to reporter James Risen highly classified details of a U.S. operation designed to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. Sterling, 47, of Missouri, was convicted of six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and other charges. The verdict followed a weeklong cloak-and-dagger trial in which CIA agents and a former Russian nuclear engineer known only as "Merlin" testified behind a screen and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talked in open court about how she persuaded editors at The New York Times to kill a proposed story about the operation. It also brought an ...

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