Retired Marine general James Cartwright is under investigation for allegedly leaking details of a U.S. computer virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program in 2010. (Marine Corps Times)
Retired Marine general James Cartwright is being investigated for leaking information on the covert Stuxnet operation to The New York Times.
Marine Corps Times reported:
The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is being investigated for allegedly leaking details of a U.S. computer virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program in 2010, NBC News reported Thursday evening.
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Retired Marine general James Cartwright, 63, a four-star general who was the second-highest ranking U.S. military officer 2007 to 2011, is being investigated for allegedly providing reporters with information about the covert Stuxnet operation, unidentified legal sources told the network.
The New York Times reported last year that Cartwright conceived and ran the “Olympic Games” cyberwar attack that temporarily disabled 1,000 centrifuges being used to enrich uranium. The campaign was created under President George W. Bush.
The virus became public in June 2010 after it somehow migrated from the Natanz nuclear plant and spread across the Internet, infecting millions of personal computers.
For the record… The White House didn’t ask The New York Times not to publish classified information on the Stuxnet operation.