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General Targeted in Leak of Cyberattack on Iran

Jun 28 2013 1:29AM

The former second-ranking officer at the Pentagon is a target in the investigation of a leak that revealed Washington's role in the Stuxnet virus attack on Iran's nuclear programme, US media reported late Thursday.

James Cartwright, a four-star Marine general, was deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he retired in 2011.

He is a suspect in the 2012 revelation by The New York Times of the Stuxnet effort, a US-Israeli attack on the computer infrastructure of Iran's disputed nuclear enrichment programme, the Washington Post reported, citing a senior White House official.

Broadcaster NBC News said that Cartwright has been informed by the Justice Department that he is a target of the probe.

Cartwright had been among President Barack Obama's closest security advisers before he was passed over for appointment to the post of chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Attorney General Eric Holder ordered an investigation into the Stuxnet leak in June 2012.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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