Unwanted Spy: The Persecution of an American Whistleblower

By: Jeffrey Sterling

From a CIA whistleblower and political prisoner, the story of his fight for equality and justice in the country he loves.

In 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to prison, convicted of violating the Espionage Act by revealing details about a covert operation in Iran to journalists. Sterling, it is now clear, is another victim of our government’s crackdown on alleged leakers and whistleblowers.

In Unwanted Spy, Sterling chronicles his story, explaining how a rising star at the CIA was targeted by the US government. Sterling grew up in a poor, segregated town in Missouri, and jumped at the chance to serve his country and broaden his world in law school and, later, in the CIA.

After an impressive career, Sterling hit the glass ceiling: he was denied opportunities because of his race, and was pushed out of the agency. During the early years of the War on Terror, Sterling blew the whistle on the CIA’s botched Operation Merlin program. Then, in 2011, he was arrested suddenly and charged with espionage; the verdict put him in prison.

Exposing the flawed national security industry and the injustices of the federal prison system, Unwanted Spy is an uncompromising look at the price of telling the truth.

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