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Posted at 3:37 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Former CIA officer charged in leak probe

By Greg Miller

A former CIA officer involved in clandestine spying efforts against Iran was arrested Thursday on charges of leaking classified information to a reporter, continuing the Obama administration's unprecedented crackdown on the flow of government secrets to the press.

Jeffrey A. Sterling, 43, of O'Fallon, Mo., was charged with 10 felony counts, including obstruction of justice and unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, according to a federal indictment made public Thursday in the Eastern District of Virginia.

The indictment, returned under seal last month, does not identify the alleged recipient of the classified information. But former U.S. intelligence officials and attorneys familiar with the case said that the unnamed journalist is New York Times reporter James Risen.

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By Greg Miller  | January 6, 2011; 3:37 PM ET
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