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The former head of the CIA has been fingered in a Net porn case that could have compromised the security of the US. Allegations first printed in the New York Times suggested that the home PC of former CIA director, John Deutch ("Red Hot" to his friends? - Ed), was used to access porn sites on the Web. Deutch's PC also contained top-secret files. While there is no suggestion that Deutch visited the sites himself, it appears his PC was used by someone to access Net porn. The fear is that Deutch exposed himself -- and the top-secret files -- to unnecessary risk, by bringing work home and loading it on his unprotected PC. The CIA's current director, George Tenet, has refused to comment on the revelations until after a proper and thorough investigation. Deutch was the US' spy chief from May 1995 to December 1996. According to Reuters, in August last year he admitted a computer-related lapse of judgement that resulted in him losing his security clearance. ®

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