A retired American general is reportedly under investigation for leaking details of a cyber attack on an Iranian nuclear facility.

In 2010, the Stuxnet computer program shut down 1,000 centrifuges used by Iran to enrich uranium.

Stuxnet is a malware program designed to attack computer control systems.

Iran has accused the US and Israel of launching the Stuxnet virus to hurt the country's controversial nuclear program.

Last year, the New York Times published a detailed account of the incident.

Now, NBC News has named retired general James Cartwright as the subject of an investigation into the leak.

As vice-chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mr Cartwright was the second-highest ranking officer in the US military.

At the time, congressional leaders demanded a criminal investigation into the leak of Stuxnet details and president Barack Obama said he had zero tolerance for such leaks.

The Department of Justice has declined to comment.

Snowden father confident his son will return to America

Meanwhile, the father of fugitive leaker Edward Snowden says he is confident his son will return to the US if the government does not detain him before his trial, and does not put a gag order on him.

Lonnie Snowden has written to the Justice Department because he believes his son will return to the US if those conditions are met.

"If folks want to classify him as a traitor - in fact he has betrayed his government - but I don't believe he's betrayed the people of the United States," he said.

Mr Snowden says he has not spoken to his son Edward since April and fears the 30-year-old is being manipulated by others.

He says he does not trust the anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks and its involvement with his son.

"I think WikiLeaks, if you look at past history, their focus isn't the constitution of the United States," he said.

"It's simply to release as much material as possible. That in itself is a concern to me."

Edward Snowden is believed to still be in the transit area of a Moscow airport and is seeking asylum in Ecuador.

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