Friendly Leaks

Reports on Friday that ex-Pentagon General James Cartwright is subject of a DoJ investigation into last year’s Stuxnet leak to the New York Times may be a red herring. It is one of the stories which in general would shine light on President Barack Obama’s strategies, sabotage of Iran’s, as far as we know, peaceful nuclear program. Before David Sanger reported exactly one year ago that it was Obama’s order which sped up the cyber attack on Iran, which had originally been hatched by his predecessor George W. Bush under the code name Olympic Games,  there was lots of speculation about Israel as origin of the computer worm Stuxnet (a file name inside the code contained “Myrtus”, which might have something to do with the Book of Esther, who was a Hadassah, Hebrew for myrtle, see here). Now it had turned out that it had been a joint venture.

With high confidence, James “Hoss” Cartwright has nothing to fear. These kinds of leaks are actually too favorable for the Nobel Peace Prize awardee. It had been suggested one year ago that the leaks about Obama’s cyber and drone wars and his personal kill list may have been most welcome in his reelection campaign. Of course, in the long run people won’t forget so easily and “friendly leaks” will sooner or later backfire.

Remains the question why Cartwright has been targeted right now. Well, relentless prosecution of whistle-blowers and now even those reporters who make a story out of the stuff has a prize. But the retired general will be treated in a completely different way. Maybe we won’t hear anything of the story anymore.

30 June 2013 @ 4:17 pm.

Last modified June 30, 2013.

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