Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling pleaded not guilty on Friday to criminal charges of illegally disclosing national defense information about Iran to a New York Times reporter who wrote a book.
Sterling faces six counts charging him with unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, unlawfully keeping national defense information, mail fraud, unauthorized conveyance of government property and obstructing justice.
His arrest last week marked the latest case brought by the Obama administration charging current or former U.S. officials with leaking classified information to the news media.
It also has been investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for leaking hundreds of classified U.S. documents that have embarrassed the White House.
Sterling, 43, a lawyer who worked at the CIA from 1993 to 2002, was accused of leaking information to New York Times reporter James Risen, whose 2006 book "State of War" revealed details of the CIA's intelligence activities involving Iran, sources involved in the case have said.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department, which brought the case against Sterling, said another hearing has been scheduled for next week on whether he should be held in custody. A trial date has not yet been set.
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