Cartwright, widely known as one of the more tech savvy officials, allegedly gave the New York Times information about the Stuxnet computer virus.
Hagel also called on Russia to “do the right thing.”
The Defense Department “intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation — as soon as possible.
“Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect,” he said. “This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger.”
Women make up about 14 percent of the 1.4 million active U.S. military personnel.
There are currently 185,000 Afghan nationals enlisted in its military operations.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will be giving the keynote address on behalf of President Obama.
“I don’t personally believe that you can eliminate the command structure in the military from this [legal] process because it is the culture, it is the institution, it is the people within the institution who have to fix the problem.”
“Allowing state prosecutors to prosecute would send a warning to military commanders that to do things as they have always done is no longer acceptable.
Edward Snowden, a former employee of Booz Allen Hamilton who identified himself as the whistleblower behind the NSA leaks, was paid a six-figure salary.