Stuxnet Leaks Came Straight From White House, Documents Show

Donilon, Other Officials Gave Pro-Obama Author Unprecedented Access

Internal State Department documents, which the department initially denied existed but were finally forced by the courts to reveal show that the high-level “leaks” at the core of David Sanger’s book “Confront and Conceal” came straight from the White House itself.

The book, which praises Obama’s “secret wars,” offers extremely specific details about the US creation of the Stuxnet computer worm to attack Iranian industrial computers, and the aftermath when the worm broke out of Iran and started attacking computers worldwide.

According to the State Department emails, Sanger was given direct access to an array of high level officials, repeatedly meeting with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as top aides across the administration.

Bizarrely, the Justice Department spent a solid year after the publication of Sanger’s book investigating how he obtained the information, one of its efforts to “crack down” on leaks. Of course, it’s not illegal for the White House to leak information.

That doesn’t mean it isn’t unseemly though. Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) was particularly critical about the leaks, saying the book’s release was timed to portray Obama is a “strong leader” and that the leaks were primarily about cashing in on the details of Stuxnet politically.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.