Jeffrey Sterling

Jeffrey Sterling, the former CIA officer who was found guilty in January of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter, was sentenced Monday to three-and-a-half years in prison by a federal judge, the Washington Post reports.

Sterling was convicted of leaking details about a U.S. operation to sabotage Iranā€™s efforts to develop a nuclear arms program.

According to the Post, Sterlingā€™s sentence is a bit longer than what cases of this nature typically garner; because Sterling did not plead guilty and admit wrongdoing, the judge came down a bit harder on Sterling.

ā€œIf you do knowingly reveal these secrets, thereā€™s going to be a price to be paid,ā€ U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said regarding the leaking of information as she delivered Sterlingā€™s sentence.

Sterling plans to appeal his guilty verdict and will remain out on bond until a federal court tells him when and where he should report to begin serving his sentence. Ā 


A jury in January convicted Sterling of all nine counts he faced.

Read more at the Washington Post. Ā