The Shin Bet
(Israel Security Agency) denied that Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz leaked
information on Iran from confidential security cabinet meetings, after Kuwaiti
newspaper Al-Jarida reported the claim on Tuesday.
Al-Jarida, Steinitz shared information on intelligence briefings and high-level
discussions between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his American counterparts on
Iran. The Kuwaiti paper said the Shin Bet discovered the leaks by monitoring the
finance minister's phone calls.
Sources close to Steinitz blamed Barak
for the reports, but Barak's office said that is not their style, that Barak
does not pay any attention to Steinitz.
Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen called
Steinitz to say the Al-Jarida
report is baseless.