WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted sentences for an additional 209 on Wednesday, among them retired Marine Corps four-star general James Cartwright, the alleged source of information leaked to the press detailing a cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2010. Cartwright pled guilty last year to providing false testimony in 2012 to FBI agents on the matter.
Obama cleared him of punishment for that transgression, the White House said. Cartwright allegedly leaked documents on the Stuxnet virus – a sophisticated computer program that destroyed thousands of Iran’s uranium-enriching centrifuges – to David Sanger, a senior New York Times reporter who wrote a book on Obama’s secret wars. Cyber experts believe the covert operation was conducted jointly by Israel and the United States.