Source: Justice Dept. investigates former vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
June 27th, 2013
10:11 PM ET

Source: Justice Dept. investigates former vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

By Barbara Starr

The former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation by the Justice Department regarding material in a book by David Sanger, a correspondent for The New York Times, a source directly familiar with the situation said Thursday.

The source could not confirm that the investigation involving Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright is specifically about the Stuxnet computer virus, which Sanger writes about in his 2013 book "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power."

NBC News reported Thursday, citing legal sources, that Cartwright has been told he's under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about Stuxnet, a complex virus that infected computers in Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010.

That leak was one of a series of national security-related leaks last year and had details of how the United States and Israel were behind the Stuxnet attack.

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  1. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:01 am | Reply
  2. SWEJ

    Higa omotro ehta takamo ni ga bunta jinko

    June 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  3. USMC 0311 1961-67

    I find it rather humorous that in the last few administrations when ever anyone shines a light on wrong doing, false information , or just embarrassing incompetence by a government official, or agency, it suddenly becomes "a matter of National Security" or "Executive Privilege"........ Examples: "The Pentagon Papers", "Fast and Furious", "Watergate" "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Cite your own favorite examples...) So much for repeated promises of "an open and transparent government".....

    June 30, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
  4. gr8professor

    This guy should have known better than to put this information in his book. He had to have known this information was classified. If you can't trust the pentagons second in command to honor his top secret clearance, who can you trust?

    June 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  5. Rob

    For the Dept of Injustice to be investigating anyone is a joke when most of them should be in jail

    June 29, 2013 at 4:27 am | Reply
    • gr8professor

      Wow, another comment from the regressive right peanut gallery. The way you people think, it's no wonder you can't win elections anymore

      June 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  6. Why

    Why doesn't the Justice Department investigate the Bush Family in the murder of JFK using E.H. Hunt as the hit man under the direction of G.W. Bush?

    June 28, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  7. vtofighi

    Reblogged this on vtofighi and commented:
    Is it related to Stuxnet and cyber attacks on Iran computers?
    Vahid Tofighi

    June 28, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
  8. Rundown

    Writing a book and talking around a subject.

    June 28, 2013 at 5:13 am | Reply
  9. Frank

    How funny. The DOJ investigating another Obama critic.

    June 28, 2013 at 2:46 am | Reply
  10. diogeron

    When is Justice going after the money launderers at the banks, ad nauseum?

    June 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply

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