We’re living in a renaissance of information. Information is now so readily available online that one can even attain a legal degree online, no doubt something lawyers hate. But the fact is, if you’d like to know something, it does not take a monumental effort to learn about it via Google.

Governments don’t like its people to have such unmitigated access to information. ISIS makes villages burn books. The terrorist group Boko Haram shares its name with a phrase that means ‘Western education is a sin.’ One has to wonder: Is there a war, however subtle, being waged by our government against the flow of information in our society? Wikileaks and Edward Snowden think so. I do believe, wholeheartedly, that information compromising our national security or putting someone at risk shouldn’t be freely accessed.

How many SF86s were exposed in the OPM hack? They reveal every place someone has lived for up to 10 years, and the details of the people who can corroborate that. They reveal the names of friends, family, and former bosses. That’s sensitive for sure.  It’s beyond unacceptable that it was breached, and now that information is out there. You’ve only got one life and only one identity. Identity theft haunts people every day, as there are always those who are corrupt and seeking ways to exploit such information. There aren’t enough people to take them all down and there likely never will be.

But the real purpose of this article is to discuss the recent case of retired General James Cartwright.

General Cartwright and Stuxnet

Here is what the general said: “I knew I was not the source of the story, and I didn’t want to be blamed for the leak,” said Cartwright of his effort to mislead FBI agents in a statement released after he pleaded guilty on Monday. “My only goal in talking to the reporters was to protect American interests and lives.”

I suppose the takeaway is when approached by an officer of the law, don’t help him or her without a lawyer present or before speaking to one. I’ve been overwhelmed with reports from various media outlets that state the facts in this case. Retired General James Cartwright pleaded guilty and was sentenced as such. But, like everything, there’s got to be more to it. Right now, more than ever, we’ve been discussing disclosures and legal action. It’s even broken into our official campaign language.

In this particular case, it’s related to an incredibly secret program referred to as “Stuxnet.” This is secret to the extent that I don’t even know if I want to write about it. But according to Wikipedia, not WikiLeaks, “Stuxnet is a malicious computer worm believed to be a jointly built American-Israeli cyberweapon,[1] although no organization or state has officially admitted responsibility for its creation. However, anonymous U.S. officials speaking to The Washington Post claimed the worm was developed during the Bush administration to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program with what would seem like a long series of unfortunate accidents.”

While we’re on the topic of classified information, here’s five myths published by The Washington Post about classified information.