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Unwanted Spy

Unwanted Spy

The Persecution of an American Whistleblower

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.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / Intelligence & Espionage

On Sale: October 15th 2019

Price: $28 / $35 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9781568585574

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Reader Reviews


"A book that amply demonstrates grave flaws in the criminal justice system."—Kirkus Reviews
"Americans owe a debt to Jeffrey Sterling, who told the truth and endured imprisonment for us. His story is a powerful tale of integrity and bravery and the price a decent American paid for defending the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Make your children read it and learn."—Charles Glass, former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent and author of They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France
"Unwanted Spy is at the same time an American tragedy and a first-person account of how to live an upstanding life against daunting odds. Jeffrey Sterling is a patriot. He is also one of the most courageous and underappreciated whistleblowers in contemporary America. We all want to believe the best about our country, our government, and our society. But the truth is sometimes ugly. And sometimes patriots are harmed by that ugliness. Jeffrey Sterling was vilified by our government because he wouldn't toe the line. He paid for his conscientiousness with his freedom. Unwanted Spy makes it clear, though, that he was right and 'they' were wrong. He's the better man for it."—John Kiriakou, former CIA counterterrorism officer and senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
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Meet The Author: Jeffrey Sterling

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.

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