Help Stephen Kim

STEPHEN KIM DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR HELP

WHO IS STEPHEN?

Stephen is an upstanding American civil servant & highly valued foreign policy and nuclear expert who has been unjustly indicted under the Espionage Act

@ 0:  Born in Seoul, Korea

@ 8: Moved to New York with his parents & big sis

@ 17:  Graduated from a Catholic high school in the Bronx

@21:  Graduated from Georgetown; first job on Wall Street

@ 23:  Decided that Wall Street wasn't for him & dreamt of serving his country

@ 24:  Got his Masters from Harvard

@ 31:  Got his ph.D from Yale; began serving his country as a respected consultant to the White House, Departments of State and Defense & the Intelligence community

@43:  Indicted under the Espionage Act for a crime he did not commit

HOW CAN YOU HELP STEPHEN?

>   Visit his website:  www.stephenkim.org

>   Sign his petition to tell Washington that we stand behind our fellow Korean-American and demand that he receives full & fair representation

>  Donate $$ to his legal defense fund (at stephenkim.org) so he can properly defend himself in this David vs. Goliath case

>  Become a member of the Help Stephen Kim Facebook Cause:  www.causes.com/causes/599255-help-stephen-kim  

WHY SHOULD YOU HELP STEPHEN?

>   Without a proper defense, Stephen may end up going to jail for 15 years for something he did not do

>   A proper defense against the US government will cost over $1 million & even after depleting his family's life savings, he still needs to raise over $500,000

>   Push the visibility of the Korean-American community to the national forefront

>   Tell Washington that our community won't stand for our ethnicity to be used against us  & that we demand the dismissal of this unjust case

>   Show the country that Korean-Americans are united in one voice in standing behind one of our own 

PETITION IN SUPPORT OF STEPHEN KIM 

CALLING FOR THE DISMISSAL OF USA v. STEPHEN KIM, 

U.S.D.C. District of Columbia Criminal No. 10-225 (CKK)

 

We, the undersigned Americans of Korean descent and concerned friends, submit this petition to show our support for our fellow Korean-American Stephen Kim in his pursuit of the dismissal of the above-referenced criminal matter. 

On August 27, 2010, Stephen Kim was indicted for alleged unauthorized disclosure of national defense information under the U.S. Espionage Act of 1917.  The indictment alleges that on a single occasion in June 2009, Dr. Kim disclosed to a reporter classified information about the actions of another country and that he did so with the intent to harm the U.S.  This is a serious and life-destroying accusation to be making against a loyal civil servant with a pristine record who has never been accused of any improper conduct in his 10 years of service to the U.S. government. 

> Dr. Kim vehemently denies any wrongdoing and has filed a motion to dismiss this case.  In fact, the indictment is quite telling in what it leaves out:  there is no allegation of a motive, no articulation of what harm to the U.S. Dr. Kim intended to make or made, when he allegedly disclosed unauthorized information, no allegation that he was paid to supply the information or that he stole or otherwise had in his possession any classified document. 

> In his fight to obtain full and fair representation against the considerable resources of the U.S. government, Dr. Kim has been forced to deplete his extended family's life savings and is struggling to find the financial support to continue his defense. 

> In stark contrast to these unfounded allegations, Dr. Kim's career has proven him to be a highly valued foreign policy and nuclear expert, in particular with respect to North Korean nuclear proliferation.  He has briefed and has been consulted by high-level officials in the White House, the Defense Department, the State Department, the Intelligence Community and the Combatant Commands.  He has been looked to and relied upon because he is uniquely capable of providing cogent and unvarnished analysis of foreign policy through his thorough understanding of the relevant technical, military, intelligence and policy issues and, with respect to North Korea, an understanding of the culture, language and history. 

In the 90 years since the Espionage Act was enacted, the very few cases that have been brought against an individual for talking to the media about their work have all been dismissed or pardoned.  Now the U.S. government has resurrected the Espionage Act with even less justification but with a seemingly easy target in a Korean-American.  Given these facts, it is difficult not to conclude that the U.S. government is simply making an example of Dr. Kim in an attempt to send a message and create a chilling effect on media coverage of public affairs and on free speech. 

As fellow Korean-Americans, we cannot and will not stand for our ethnicity to be used against us. 

WE RESPECTFULLY URGE YOU TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO CONVINCE OUR GOVERNMENT TO DROP THIS CASE AGAINST STEPHEN KIM.      
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