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US High School Student Says He Hacked CIA Chief's Email

FILE - CIA Director John Brennan pauses while speaking, Council on Foreign Relations, March 11, 2014.

The FBI is investigating a claim by a high school student that he hacked the personal email account of Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.

The anonymous student described himself to the New York Post newspaper as a marijuana smoker who backs the Palestinians. He said he used publicly available information to break into Brennan's account and another account belonging to Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.

The suspect told CNN television Monday "John and Jeh are both very big people and high ranking people...if we hacked them, they would be ashamed. But it was really because the government are (sic) killing innocent people. They also fund (Israel) for killing innocent people."

The hacker claims to have seen Brennan's security clearance application for his federal job.

The CIA and Homeland Security say they are aware of the reports. The FBI would not comment.