James “Hoss” Cartwright, a Marine Corps veteran who served as vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and advised the White House on drone strikes, cyberwarfare and other technical matters, pleaded guilty on Monday to making false statements during an investigation into a leak of classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities. The plea ends a Justice Department investigation that began after the 2012 leak to reporters of information about use of a computer virus called "Stuxnet" that disabled equipment the Iranians were using to enrich uranium.
It was wrong for me to mislead the FBI on Nov. 2, 2012, and I accept full responsibility for this.Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright
In a written statement released to reporters after the hearing, Cartwright stressed that he was not the initial source of the leak about Stuxnet but spoke to reporters about material they already knew. Cartwright also pled to lying about disclosures he made to former Newsweek editor Daniel Klaidman about the administration’s covert efforts to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program. Klaidman is now deputy editor of Yahoo News.