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Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2013

Retired Marine Gen James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright being investigated by DOJ as ‘leaker’ of classified information

Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright became the target of US Justice Department’s criminal investigation into a leak of classified information, NBC News reported on Friday.

James Hoss Cartwright Marine photoNBC reported citing its unnamed sources that Gen. Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 2007 and 2011, was notified that he was under an investigation for allegedly leaking classified information on covert US cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

Last year, the New York Times reported that in 2010 a cyber attack, which used a computer virus named Stuxnet.

President Obama ordered the cyber attacks sped up, and in 2010 an attack using the Stuxnet worm temporarily disabled 1,000 centrifuges that the Iranians were using to enrich uranium.

After the July 2012 New York Times article that disclosed details of the Stuxnet operation sparked an outcry from congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder launched an investigation into who had leaked the information to the paper.

Republicans had charged that senior administration officials leaked the details to energize Obama’s national security credentials in the run-up to last November’s election.

Legal sources said that while the investigation initially focused on any White House connections, by late 2012 FBI agents were zeroing in on Cartwright. He had served as one of the president’s “inner circle” of national security advisers, and was described in the Times article as the architect of the “Olympic Games” operation, which had introduced the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

Cartwright’s case comes in the wake of another high-profile case involving ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, also accused of disclosing classified information.

Snowden, a former contractor for the US National Security Agency, is wanted by the United States for disclosing a top-secret surveillance program that allegedly targeted millions of Americans.

He is reportedly in Moscow.

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  1. Obama commutes Bradley Manning’s sentence, Chelsea Manning free and pardons James Cartwright, Willie McCovey | The Global Dispatch says:

    […] E. Cartwright, the retired Marine general and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who pleaded guilty to lying about his conversations with reporters to FBI agents investigating a leak of classified information about cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear […]

  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    KUDOS TO General James Cartwright! HE MAKES ME PROUD TO BE ANTI-AMERICAN.

    MORE OF THE AWFUL DEALINGS OF UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED – THANKS TO THE WORKS OF THE GOOD GENERAL AND Edward Snowden. AND, SPECIAL THANKS TO BELGIAN MP Laurent Louis AND RUSSIA’S Vladimir Putin FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE HYPOCRISY OF THIS “MESSED-UP” NATION.

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA “BLEW ITS COVER” BY INSISTING Mr. Snowden FACES “their little justice.” LIVING IN AMERICA DOES NOT MEAN ALL PEOPLE HERE MUST SUPPORT IT; BEST WISHES TO THE MIDDLE-EAST IN THIS DIRTY-ASS FIGHT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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