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CIA Mission: Destroy the Whistleblower and Perfume the Stench of ‘Operation Merlin’


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CIA Mission: Destroy the Whistleblower and Perfume the Stench of ‘Operation Merlin’

The leak trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling never got near a smoking gun, but the entire circumstantial case was a smokescreen. Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it “may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA.”