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Wife of jailed CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling demands his release with WH petition

Convicted of espionage, ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling has been in prison since June. But on Wednesday in Washington, DC, his wife Holly led the call for a presidential pardon, with support from other whistleblowers and over 100,000 petition signers.  Read more.


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