UPDATED: 1:52 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A jury has been selected for the leak trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information about an operation in Iran to a New York Times reporter.
About 100 potential jurors were being called to the federal courthouse in Alexandria to decide whether a former CIA officer is guilty of illegally leaking classified information.
The trial of 47-year-old Jeffrey Sterling of O’Fallon, Missouri, is expected to run two weeks.
Opening statements are set for Tuesday afternoon.
The judge told jurors Tuesday that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be one of the witnesses.
Sterling was charged in 2010 with illegally disclosing national defense information.
Prosecutors believe Sterling leaked details about a purportedly botched CIA operation to cripple Iran’s nuclear program to journalist James Risen, who used the information in his 2006 book “State of War.”
Years of pretrial maneuvering have focused on whether Risen would be forced to testify about his confidential sources.
In June, he lost an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking immunity from a government subpoena.
The trial was delayed for years over legal wrangling about whether Risen would be forced to testify. A transcript of earlier testimony he gave will be read to jurors.
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