CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for disclosing classified information to New York Times journalist James Risen.

Convicted in January of disclosing sensitive information, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling has been sentenced. While prosecutors had pushed for the harshest penalties – 19 to 24 years in federal prison – defense attorneys had urged the judge to consider the relatively lenient punishment of former CIA director David Petraeus.

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