US Republicans want probe of leaks on Iran cyber attacks

June 6, 2012 03:06

WASHINGTON - As the FBI opened a probe into alleged leaks about US cyber attacks on Iran, two prominent Republican senators on Tuesday called for a special counsel to investigate what they called a "pattern" of disclosures of classified information by the Obama administration.

The FBI probe, according to a US government official who spoke on condition of anonymity, will investigate who allegedly leaked classified details to the New York Times of a secret US-Israeli cyber warfare program aimed at crippling Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The Times report, which appeared on June 1, said President Barack Obama had ordered "increasingly sophisticated" cyber warfare attacks on computers that operate nuclear enrichment facilities in Iran.

The FBI did not respond to emails requesting comment.

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