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

Posted at 7:58 AM, Jun 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-28 07:58:52-04

By Barbara Starr

CNN Pentagon Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) — 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.

An article by Sanger in the Times on June 1, 2012, about Stuxnet was adapted from his book.

“Confront and Conceal” describes how a first-term President Barack Obama used “innovative weapons and tools of American power,” including an arsenal of cyberweapons, aimed at Iran’s nuclear program, according to publisher Random House.

CNN has been unable to confirm specifics of NBC’s report. Officials from the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as Cartwright and his lawyer have not commented.

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