To be clear- I DID NOT ALMOST START WORLD WAR III ON PURPOSE!
And if you don’t believe me, wait until the government releases the official records/documents, and you can read it for yourself!
Hypothetically Speaking #1. If I was/am the Chief Architect of Stuxnet, the world’s largest and most destructive computer virus of all time, I can assure you that I had no idea how it was going to be used!
Hypothetically Speaking #2. I may not have known that it was going to be used for real, until the moment it was actually used.
Hypothetically Speaking #3. As soon as I saw that it was being used for real, I may have tried to stop it, but was restrained by half a dozen military police officers and a total asshole who put a cigarette out on my hand! (Also hypothetically speaking, Admiral Asshole let’s call him, is now in jail for the rest of his life, for what he did to me and for all of the things he did without authorization!)
Hypothetically Speaking #4. After I saw the damage and chaos it caused, even now, all of these years later, I still have night terrors, and horrible PTSD nightmares every summer leading up to the time of the year that it was unleashed on the world.
Hypothetically Speaking #5. I thought I/we were creating the world’s largest and most destructive computer virus as a deterrent, much like what other advanced military weapons have been created for in the past, so that no individual, terrorist group, or nation state would want to mess with us, because of what we could do in return, to keep my family and my country safe, was what I thought we were creating it for/doing. (Peace through strength was what my understanding was.)
Hypothetically Speaking #6. My life since Stuxnet has been permanently changed forever, and I know that I will never be able to live a normal life again.
Furthermore, if the individuals/organizations who are sending me/us all of the hate mail, emails, messages, and are posting all of these conspiracy theory articles and blog posts knew the real story/the truth, they would know I had nothing but good intentions, and I lost everything during the process. Members of my own family and friends I thought would always help and support me turned their back on me. I almost died due to a subdural hematoma rupture in my head. I had to learn how to walk and talk again. My finances were ruined. My now ex-wife left me and tried to take our kid away from me. I was almost raped (the act was started, but it was stopped before it was finished). My job was terminated. I had to live under the most strict set of rules and restrictions you can imagine. I had very little choice about who I could know, where I could go, what I could say, etc. I had to act like I was the bad guy for a long time in order to protect certain high ranking officials who could not be exposed, due to their legal rights, ranks, and responsibilities versus mine, which created an unbelievable amount of hardships in my life.
I realize and believe that everyone should be entitled to their own opinion, but my family, friends, contacts, and associates don’t deserve to be harassed and threatened. Harassing and threatening innocent people is wrong! You cannot claim the moral high ground so to speak if you are willing to do wrong yourself.
Although I wish you would wait until the government declassifies and releases the official records of what happened, before deciding who deserves what type of criticism/contempt, if you just absolutely have to get the hate/anger you have out of your system/you want to share/voice your conspiracy theories, please focus it all on me!
Michael “MJ The Terrible” Johnson
Alleged Chief Architect of Stuxnet
P.S. In the future when the government declassifies and releases the Stuxnet records, what if it turns out that I was the good guy, who did the right thing, even when it was almost impossible to do? Will you apologize/right the wrongs that you are doing now?