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Washington • The head of Israel’s intelligence service paid a secret visit to Washington last week to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, the CIA director and a top U.S. lawmaker said Tuesday.

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo flew to the U.S. capital to consult with his American counterparts amid speculation over a possible Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, CIA director David Petraeus and Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed at a congressional hearing.

Sensitive trips by intelligence chiefs are usually kept secret but Ms. Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, mentioned Mr. Pardo’s visit at a televised hearing as she discussed how Israel views Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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