WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday in a case about whether he leaked classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed US effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, a Justice Department spokesman said.
Jeffrey Sterling was found guilty of nine counts, including six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, spokesman Peter Carr said. Prosecutors had said the leaks put lives at risk and compromised US efforts to deter Iran's nuclear plans.
The trial came after the reporter, James Risen, fought for years to avoid testifying in the case as prosecutors had sought.
Risen appeared in court earlier this month before the trial began and answered a few basic questions about his book that discussed the program, but he declined to discuss specific information about his sources.