The Obama White House has begun the prosecution of another individual under the Espionage Act. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright, a retired four-star Marine Corps general who served as the nation’s second-ranking military officer, is being investigated with regard to a leak of information about a covert United States-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program.
Cartwright, former deputy chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a letter informing him he was being investigated for possibly revealing confidential details about a Stuxnet worm attack against Iran's nuclear program that briefly halted 1,000 centrifuges in 2010, Newser reported.
The Justice Department has prosecuted or charged eight people for alleged violations of the Espionage Act since President Barack Obama took office.
When the leak was initially revealed by a New York Times story, congressional leaders called for a criminal probe and Obama said he had “zero tolerance” for “these kinds of leaks.” Some Republicans claimed that the administration intentionally leaked details about the program in order to improve public perception about Obama’s national security credentials during the 2012 campaign.
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It is unclear if Cartwright will be charged with anything.
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