CIA Iran leak trial opens

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Jan 14, 2015 10:10 AM

Jurors heard starkly different stories Tuesday at the leak trial of a former CIA officer, with a prosecutor declaring during opening arguments that ex-spy Jeffrey Sterling "betrayed his country" and a defense lawyer insisting that the spy agency is looking to settle scores over a New York Times reporter's book that deeply embarrassed Langley.

The jury and spectators at Sterling's trial also heard an exceedingly rare public confirmation from prosecutors and several former CIA employees that the agency ran a complex cloak-and-dagger caper beginning in the mid-1990s aimed at tricking Iran into using flawed blueprints for its alleged nuclear weapons program.