Almost two months ago -- at a news conference in Washington co-sponsored by RootsAction.org, Reporters Without Borders and ExposeFacts -- Jeffrey's wife Holly released a letter to the president asking him to pardon Jeffrey. The White House did not respond.
As Holly says, Jeffrey "was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He's now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado."
In prison for communicating with a journalist. In "the land of the free."
"During Jeffrey's trial," Holly points out, "the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen." Instead,prosecutors relied entirely on circumstantial evidence, devoid of content -- in what the BBC has called a "trial by metadata."
Holly explains that "Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower."
She's asking for active solidarity: "Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband."
Holly's struggle for justice and truth has profound implications.
"President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy," she said today. "Jeffrey's conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration's war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined."
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