A teenager has admitted attempting to hack into the computers of senior US government officials from his home, including the director of the CIA and the deputy director of the FBI.
Kane Gamble, 18, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to eight charges of "performing a function with intent to secure unauthorised access" to the computers and two charges of "unauthorised modification of computer material".
His targets included John Brennan, the then director of the CIA, and the former deputy director of the FBI, Mark Giuliano.
Also on the list was Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser Avril Haines and his senior science and technology adviser John Holdren.
Reports at the time said a British teenager had infiltrated the personal e-mail account of Mr Brennan and posted details online.
Gamble, of Linford Crescent in Coalville, Leicestershire, will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on December 15.