The former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs is being investigated for leaking classified information about a cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program, reports NBC.
The network, citing legal sources, indicated that the retired General James Cartwright, 63, is reportedly being investigated for leaking information about a U.S. attack with a computer virus called Stuxnet, which was launched against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
In June 2012 The New York Times said Cartwright, former vice chief of the Joint Chiefs between 2007 and 2011, conceived and directed a cyber operation, called “Olympics”, during the presidency of George W. Bush.
The current U.S. President Barack Obama previously ordered to increase these sophisticated attacks to sabotage Iran’s nuclear facilities.
The last series of cyber attacks against Iran, conducted by the U.S., which occurred shortly after Stuxnet was detected around the world. It temporarily shut down about 1,000 of the 5,000 centrifuges that make part of Iran’s nuclear program. These centrifuges are used to purify uranium to generate energy.
The leaking of that information “was very damaging,” said former Congressman Jane Harman of California.
When asked about the source of the leak the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) focused first on the White House, but the searches concluded that Cartwright had been the leaker, according to NBC.
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