From a CIA whistleblower and political prisoner, the story of his fight for justice and equality in the country he loves.
In 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to prison, convicted of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling, it is now clear, was another victim of our government’s crackdown on alleged leakers and whistleblowers.
Sterling grew up in a poor, segregated town in Missouri, and jumped at the chance to broaden his world and serve his country in the CIA. After an impressive rise, Sterling’s career came to a sudden, unexpected halt: he was denied opportunities because of his race and was pushed out of the Agency. Later, Sterling courageously blew the whistle to Senate investigators about a botched covert operation in Iran. After a few quiet years in Missouri with his wife, he was arrested suddenly and charged with espionage–the latest government target.
Unwanted Spy is a powerful account of one man’s uncompromising commitment to the truth and a reminder of the principles of justice and integrity that should define America.
Jeffrey Sterling is a lawyer and former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Before his trial and conviction, Sterling worked at the CIA, including for the Iran task force, for nearly a decade. He studied political science at Millikin University and holds a law degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was released from prison in January 2018.