Date
29 March 2017
US Home Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (left) and CIA Director John Brennan have had their private e-mails accessed by a self-confessed hacker. Photo: ABC News
US Home Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (left) and CIA Director John Brennan have had their private e-mails accessed by a self-confessed hacker. Photo: ABC News

US investigating alleged hacking of CIA director, homeland chief

The FBI and homeland security investigators are looking into the alleged hacking of personal e-mails linked to two top federal officials.

The e-mail accounts belong to CIA Director John Brennan and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, CNN reports, citing law enforcement officials.

The New York Post first interviewed the alleged hacker, who said he accessed an AOL e-mail account associated with Brennan that included files regarding his security clearance application.

The hacker also claims to have accessed a Comcast account associated with Johnson.

In an interview with CNN on Monday, the alleged hacker said he has yet to be contacted by law enforcement.

The CIA issued a statement Monday saying they are aware of the report.

A Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement the department has “forwarded this matter to the appropriate authorities”.

The FBI declined to comment.

It does not appear that any classified information was accessed, according to a law enforcement official.

The alleged hacker said he was motivated both by politics and by the desire to shame the government.

“John and Jeh are both very big people and high-ranking people, so, I mean, if we hacked them, they would be ashamed,” he said.

“But it was really because the government are killing innocent people, they also fund [Israel] for killing innocent people.”

The reports highlight the sensitivity of government officials using personal e-mail addresses whether or not they use them for government purposes.

The issue was thrust into the spotlight in part by Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail when she was secretary of state.

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