Sterling Family Fund

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Raised by 1,793 people in 17 months
Laurie Lewandowski   CARPENTERSVILLE, IL
On January 26, 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on 9 counts under the Espionage Act for leaking classified information regarding a CIA operation to author James Risen who in 2006, published a book titled “State of War”. The conviction was based entirely on circumstantial evidence. Mr. Risen was not required to testify and the prosecution could produce no documents, no recordings, nothing that directly linked Jeffrey as a source for Mr. Risen's book.   In fact, the FBI agent who investigated Jeffrey for over 10 years testified that there was absolutely no evidence that Jeffrey was a source.

He is due to be sentenced on April 24, 2015. His attorneys are currently appealing the conviction. Unfortunately for Jeffrey, he became the government’s primary target because he had the audacity to do two things

He went through appropriate legal channels to address his concerns about a covert CIA operation.

He filed a discrimination lawsuit against the CIA in August of 2001 (two months later he was fired) which was coincidentally thrown out because proof would require release of classified information. Jeffrey contacted Mr. Risen in an effort to have his discrimination story heard. Mr. Risen subsequently did write an article about Jeffrey's lawsuit.  Another story was published in the May 20, 2002 issue of “People” magazine. Here is an excerpt:

 “Sterling joined the CIA in 1993 and two years later became a case officer in the Iran Task Force. (He was the only black among its more than 20 professionals.) To prepare, he spent a year studying Farsi, the language of Iran. Sent to Bonn in 1997 to recruit Iranians as agents, he grew frustrated when he wasn't given new prospects to recruit. Perplexed, he returned to Langley and confronted his supervisors. “I asked why I wasn't receiving any assignments. They said, “Well, you kind of stick out as a big black guy,” Sterling recalls. “They said, 'You bring unwanted attention to where you're assigned. Everyone in management agreed I was too conspicuous. And I said, “Well, when did you realize that I was black?”

Arrested in 2011, he was fired from his job at Anthem Healthcare. This, after winning an award in 2010 for saving the company over 32 million dollars due to healthcare fraud. He has been unable to get another job. He and his wife Holly lived off their savings and Holly’s income as a social worker for a few years but the money has run out. Their house is on the cusp of foreclosure, they have had to depend on the kindness of family, friends and in some cases total strangers for the money to travel from their home in Missouri to court in Virginia.

I have never met a man with more integrity and more strength in family values. You know when you meet him that he is a man who puts family and honesty above all else. There are many people who believe that Jeffrey was steamrolled because of his color and because he stood up for what he believes in and would not plead guilty to something he did not do.

Please consider making a donation to help Jeffrey’s family to ease the ongoing financial burdens they face.
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Update 34
1 month ago
As the one year date approaches for Jeffrey, my ask is that each of you keep him in your thoughts. In the next few days Jeffrey will be celebrating a birthday and I know he would be thankful for your kind thoughts and words. His address is:

Jeffrey Sterling, 38338-044
FCI Englewood
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123

Thanks all of you for your generosity over this last year. Your support has allowed Holly to see Jeffrey monthly in Colorado. In addition, it has allowed Jeffrey to purchase things you and I take for granted like peanut butter, socks and salt.
Jeffrey's appellate attorneys have filed the appeal, the government has responded, of course not in Jeffrey's favor and his attorneys have rebutted. Please feel free to go to Wikipedia and scroll to the bottom for selected case files if you are interested in reading some of the material.
Ultimately, we want Jeffrey to be released and his innocence declared. It seems unlikely, but we continue to hope and pray. In the meantime please keep spreading Jeffrey's story. It would be exceptional if it went viral and the entire world knew about his journey.

We are very thankful for all your support.
The flowers are blooming, take time to share one with a friend or a stranger.
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Update 33
3 months ago
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As I sit on my couch, I'm mindful that Jeffrey currently doesn't have the luxury of enjoying this respite that all of us take for granted. He has been in prison for almost a year for doing the right thing.
Jeffrey continues to struggle with his conviction. In a country that prides itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave, a country that celebrates and rewards the men and women who serve and protect our nation I found a process that is selective in nature. When Jeffrey went to the Senate Intelligence Committee with genuine concern for the safety of his fellow Americans, he challenged the status quo. That, is what Jeffrey struggles with. The why?, when he was doing what he was sworn to do as a CI a officer.

Jeffrey's appellate attorneys continue with his appeal. The briefs have been filed. The wheels of justice move slowly. The White House has not responded to the presentation of Jeffrey's petition. So we wait.
Jeffrey waits, struggles to cope with a conviction and a sentence that is not deserved.
Holly waits, for the one weekend a month she can fly out to see her husband in Colorado.
Our entire family waits, for freedom for Jeffrey, for truth, for justice.

Please don't forget Jeffreys plight. Send him you notes of encouragement. He loves to receive cards and letters. Although he can't always respond, he is appreciative of all your correspondence.
Thank you for all that you have done and all you continue to do. Your support means a great deal to all of us.

Smile at a stranger today. It might be just what they need.

Jeffrey Sterling, 38338-044
FCI Englewood
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123
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Update 32
5 months ago
Wednesday, February 17th , over 150,000 signatures were presented to the White House. The petition asks for the immediate pardon of Jeffrey. Because the petition has more than 100,000 signatures the White House is required to acknowledge acceptance and to my understanding, the President is required to provide a response.
These supporters are part of a growing network of people who understand the need for government transparency and accountability. I had the honor and the pleasure of attending a wonderful news conference where supporters Norman Solomon, Jesselyn Radack, John Kiriakou, Delphine Halgand and Dr. Cornel West in addition to Holly offered incite into Jeffrey!s plight and the travesty of justice that has prevailed for the last 10 years. I think Dr. West said it best when he said "Shame on you" referencing the President's unfounded persecution of Jeffrey. After the news conference Jeffrey's supporters marched to the White House where Jeffrey's wife Holly and renowned professor and activist, Dr. Cornel West spoke.

I hope that the momentum from this news conference puts pressure on the White House, that is forces main stream media to focus on this issue. The petition continues to receive signatures so if you haven't already, please consider adding your name to the list at change.org and roots action.org.

Thank you all for your support and your donations. It means a great deal to both Holly and Jeffrey.

Here is a personal message from Jeffrey.

"Everyday I ask why I am forcibly separated from my wife Holly, our family and friends, why am I in prison? I know the answer because it is born out of who I am today and what I have always been. The answer to my daily question is because through the years I said "no" to discrimination at the CIA. I said "no" to government intimidation and retaliation. I said "no" to compromising my principles by pleading to a crime I did not commit.

All the while I was saying "yes" to doing the right thing not only for myself but also for my country. I took a stand and followed the rules and for this I was targeted and summarily finished. Throughout, I have thought I stood alone.

I have learned differently. While I have been invisible to many, many more here in this country and throughout the world have expressed solidarity with me and the cause of justice or the struggles I have endured. Their undying support and encouragement, along with that of my incredible wife Holly inspires me to continue fighting. Thank you all."

https://www.rt.com/shows/watching-the-hawks/332840-petition-march-white-house/

https://www.rt.com/usa/332832-sterling-cia-whistleblower-pardon/

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/17/wife-of-cia-whistleblower-jeffrey-sterling-asks-obama-to-pardon-him/


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Update 31
5 months ago
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In a few days, I will be heading to Washington to provide support to Holly in her ongoing battle to win Jeffrey's release. February 17th Holly, along with Norman Solomon founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Delphine Hagland the U. S. Director of Reporters Without Borders, Professor Cornell West, philosopher, social activist and author, John Kiriakou, former CIA and whistleblower, and Jessilyn Radack, attorney and whistleblower along with other faithful supporters will hold a news conference. Part of that news conference will be the presentation of the more than 100,000 signatures on a petition demanding Jeffrey Sterlings release.
Jeffrey and Holly are part of my family and there is nothing that I would like more than to have Jeffrey home with my sister Holly. This fund is the best thing I can do for them in addition to love and support. I know many of you don't know Jeffrey or Holly. You don't know the kind of man Jeffrey is. A proud American, a wonderful husband, a great friend. It humbles me and all in our family to see the support from total strangers and from new friends that we have met on this unwanted journey. Thank you all for your donations, your kind words, your letters to Jeffrey and your unwavering support. The battle continues.
Please take a moment on Wednesday to share Jeffrey's story with someone you know. Continue to write him uplifting letters but above all, share your love and your life with your family and loved ones.
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Teresa Smith
14 months ago
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Sterling family: I have been following closely your case and I applaud your courage for deciding to appeal. I suspect the decision was not easy . I wish I had more comforting words but suffice it to say, you aren't going through this alone. Many are on your side and support you. All the best, Teresa Just a word for all these posts for assistance, help, and money. This is not the appropriate forum to advertise your needs. It is taking advantage of someone's else's situation. While your stories may be compelling, it would be best to find your own place for support.

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Aracelis Abreu
14 months ago
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My prayers are with you guys.

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Terrika Tee-Tee Johnson-Stallings
14 months ago
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My prayers are withyou and your family .

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Ann Fischer
14 months ago
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Glad to see the strength and character of Jeffrey and Holly illustrated in this short documentary: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/12/exclusive_cia_whistleblower_jeffrey_sterling_speaks. So many of us are behind you!

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Kathy Lique
14 months ago
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So sorry he did not get off. You will be in my thoughts and I hope there may be changes still to come.

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Ann Fischer
14 months ago
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Standing with you today!

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Ann Fischer
17 months ago
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Jeffrey, I've been following this travesty closely since January 2011 (thanks largely to updates from Marcy Wheeler, FAS, and Normon Solomon). You and Holly have been very much in my thoughts these past 4 years. The world sees this string of grave injustices. All the best and onward to appeal . . .

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Crystal Nelson-Mourad
17 months ago
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We need courageous people like Jeffrey Sterling to stand up for what is right. The quote 'the only thing necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing' comes to mind. Thank you Mr. Sterling , God bless you and your family!

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Patricia Laroque
7 months ago
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This outrageous injustice reminds me of the unlawful conviction of Abraham Bolden, the first African American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail. He too was framed for a crime that in fact never took place! You can read his sadly familiar story in his 2008 book The Echo From Dealey Plaza. You have my continuing support, especially now during the holidays.

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David R. Davidson
7 months ago

Good morning PLEASE check out this Facebook Page established for Mr. Sterling and his family. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-CIA-Operative-Jeffrey-Sterling-461403980723858/?ref=br_rs

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$72,388 of $100k goal

Raised by 1,793 people in 17 months
Created February 3, 2015
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Geoffrey Jost
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My heart breaks to read about what you guys are going through. Please hang in there. I pray for the day to come when you can put this behind you.

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Cynthia Howard
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Stay strong. Hope you'll soon be reunited.

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Teresa Smith
14 months ago
3
3

Sterling family: I have been following closely your case and I applaud your courage for deciding to appeal. I suspect the decision was not easy . I wish I had more comforting words but suffice it to say, you aren't going through this alone. Many are on your side and support you. All the best, Teresa Just a word for all these posts for assistance, help, and money. This is not the appropriate forum to advertise your needs. It is taking advantage of someone's else's situation. While your stories may be compelling, it would be best to find your own place for support.

+ Read More
Aracelis Abreu
14 months ago
2
2

My prayers are with you guys.

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Terrika Tee-Tee Johnson-Stallings
14 months ago
2
2

My prayers are withyou and your family .

+ Read More
Ann Fischer
14 months ago
2
2

Glad to see the strength and character of Jeffrey and Holly illustrated in this short documentary: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/12/exclusive_cia_whistleblower_jeffrey_sterling_speaks. So many of us are behind you!

+ Read More
Kathy Lique
14 months ago
2
2

So sorry he did not get off. You will be in my thoughts and I hope there may be changes still to come.

+ Read More
Ann Fischer
14 months ago
2
2

Standing with you today!

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Ann Fischer
17 months ago
2
2

Jeffrey, I've been following this travesty closely since January 2011 (thanks largely to updates from Marcy Wheeler, FAS, and Normon Solomon). You and Holly have been very much in my thoughts these past 4 years. The world sees this string of grave injustices. All the best and onward to appeal . . .

+ Read More
Crystal Nelson-Mourad
17 months ago
2
2

We need courageous people like Jeffrey Sterling to stand up for what is right. The quote 'the only thing necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing' comes to mind. Thank you Mr. Sterling , God bless you and your family!

+ Read More
Patricia Laroque
7 months ago
1
1

This outrageous injustice reminds me of the unlawful conviction of Abraham Bolden, the first African American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail. He too was framed for a crime that in fact never took place! You can read his sadly familiar story in his 2008 book The Echo From Dealey Plaza. You have my continuing support, especially now during the holidays.

+ Read More
David R. Davidson
7 months ago

Good morning PLEASE check out this Facebook Page established for Mr. Sterling and his family. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/Justice-for-CIA-Operative-Jeffrey-Sterling-461403980723858/?ref=br_rs

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