Re­tired top US Gen­eral pleads guilty to ly­ing

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON: A re­tired top US gen­eral pleaded guilty Mon­day to mak­ing a false state­ment dur­ing an FBI probe into a clas­si­fied in­tel­li­gence leak about a cyberattack against Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram in 2010. Ma­rine Corps Gen­eral James Cartwright, 67, for­merly the vice chair­man to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was ac­cused of ly­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors when he said he had not con­firmed clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to New York Times jour­nal­ist David Sanger. Sanger wrote a book de­scrib­ing a joint US and Is­raeli op­er­a­tion that de­ployed a virus called “Stuxnet” that re­port­edly de­stroyed or dam­aged cen­trifuges be­ing used by Iran to en­rich ura­nium in 2010. The ma­li­cious code re­port­edly dealt Iran’s dis­puted nu­clear pro­gram a se­ri­ous blow. “After in­ves­ti­ga­tors showed Cartwright a list of quotes and state­ments from David Sanger’s book, a num­ber of which con­tained clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, Cartwright falsely told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he was not the source,” pros­e­cu­tors said on a charge sheet.

Re­tired Ma­rine Gen James Cartwright

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