McCain: Obama Leaked Stuxnet Story to Boost Re-Election Effort
U.S. senator John McCain accused President Barack Obama’s administration of releasing information on the cyber-attacks against Iran as a way to raise the president’s popularity before the fall election. He also warned of potential security breaches that could result from such leaks.
“Again we see these leaks to the media about ongoing operations, which is incredibly disturbing. Doesn’t this give some benefit to our adversaries?” McCain told reporters in Singapore, according to the Israel National News.
The released report involved an earlier Stuxnet attack and was released just days after Flame, a more sophisticated virus than the Stuxnet worm, struck at least 600 specific computer systems in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority. “We know the leaks have to come from the administration…So this is kind of a pattern in order to hype the national security credentials of the president, and every administration does it. But I think this administration has taken it to a new level,” McCain also said.