- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2016

Retired Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright was charged Monday with making false statements during an investigation into leaks of classified information, federal prosecutors announced.

The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was due in District Court in Washington, D.C., for an initial appearance and plea agreement hearing Monday afternoon.

The single charge of making false statements to federal investigators stems from answers Gen. Cartwright provided when he was questioned in 2012 about giving classified information to New York Times reporter David Sanger and former Newsweek editor Daniel Klaidman.

A criminal information filed in court Monday states that Gen. Cartwright lied when he told to investigators that he did not provide classified information to the reporters. Quotes and statements included in a book written by Mr. Sanger included classified information, the court document states.

The two-page court document does not identify the book in question or provide any details about the classified subject matter.

However, a 2012 book written by Mr. Sanger included details about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyber operation meant to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities with a debilitating computer worm known as Stuxnet.

Gen. Cartwright, a four-star officer who retired in 2011, had been considered one of President Obama’s closest military advisers.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein was specially appointed to head the case.

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