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By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON Feb 6 President Barack Obama's
nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, has been interviewed in
connection with U.S. prosecutors' probes into unauthorized leaks
of government secrets to the news media, documents released by
the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said.
Written submissions from Brennan to the committee were
posted on the panel's website. In them, Brennan confirmed that
he had participated in voluntary interviews as part of probes
into leaks concerning cyber attacks against Iran and a foiled
bomb plot tied to Al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate.
Brennan said, however, that his lawyer had been advised by
both prosecutors' offices that he is only a witness in both
inquiries. The White House declined to comment.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on
Brennan's nomination on Thursday.
The two leak investigations in which Brennan was questioned
were launched last June by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
"I participated in a voluntary interview in connection with
an investigation being conducted by the United States Attorney's
Office for the District of Maryland into possible unauthorized
disclosures of information to reporters about cyber attacks
against Iran," Brennan wrote in his submissions to the
In that probe, the U.S. attorney in Baltimore is looking
into disclosures in a book and an article by a New York Times
journalist about the alleged role of U.S. agencies and Israeli
authorities in cyber warfare activities against Iran, including
deployment of a virus known as Stuxnet.
The other probe by the U.S. attorney in Washington is
examining leaks that led to the premature end of an undercover
operation to infiltrate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
(AQAP), al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate.
"I participated in a voluntary interview" in connection with
the probe into "possible unauthorized disclosures of information
to reporters about a foiled bomb plot tied to Al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula," Brennan said in his written submissions.
(Editing by Susan Cornwell and Christopher Wilson)