Retired top US General pleads guilty to lying
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