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[ISN] Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 06 2011 - 11:27:38 GMT

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
5th January 2011

The body of a decorated US Army officer was found dumped in a Delaware
landfill on New Years Eve day, a few days after he expressed concern
that the nation wasn't adequately prepared for cyber warfare, according
to news reports following the bizarre whodunit.

Events surrounding the murder of John P. Wheeler III, who most recently
worked part-time for defense contractor Mitre Corporation on cyber
defense topics, read like a Tom Clancy novel. The 66-year-old worked for
three Republican administrations, was special assistant to the Secretary
of the Air Force, served in the office of the Secretary of Defense, and
penned a manual on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons,
which urged US forces to show restraint.

The day after Christmas – five days before his body was found as it was
being dumped from a trash truck into the Cherry Island Landfill in
Wilmington – Wheeler sent longtime friend Richard Radez an email
expressing concern that the US wasn't sufficiently prepared for “cyber
warfare,” according to The Associated Press.

“This was something that had preoccupied him over the last couple of
years,” Radez told the news organization.


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