WASHINGTON (AP) — According to media reports, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
NBC News and The Washington Post report that retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe. The Justice Department has declined to confirm the reports.
In June 2012, the New York Times reported that Cartwright was a crucial player in the cyber operation called Olympic Games, started under President George W. Bush. Bush reportedly advised President Barack Obama to preserve Olympic Games.
According to the Times, Obama ordered the cyberattacks sped up, and in 2010 an attack using a computer virus called Stuxnet temporarily disabled 1,000 centrifuges that the Iranians were using to enrich uranium.
Congressional leaders demanded a criminal probe into who leaked the information, and Obama said he had zero tolerance for such leaks. Republicans charged that senior administration officials had leaked the details to bolster the president’s national security credentials during the 2012 campaign