[ISN] Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 05:27:38 -0600 (CST)

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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