Weinstein rejected Comptroller on probing Harpaz leaks

June 10, 2012 19:27

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein rejected State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss' request for a criminal investigation into leaks of portions of the evidence in the "Harpaz Affair," Lindenstauss' attorney David Libai revealed on Sunday at a hearing before the High Court of Justice.

Ostensibly, the purpose of the hearing was to request an extension of the ban on publicizing confidential details of the investigations into the affair.

However, over the course of the hearing, in response to a question from the court, Libai disclosed that Lindenstrauss had asked Weinstein to open a criminal probe into the leaks two months ago and that his request was rejected.

According to Libai, Weinstein told Lindenstrauss that any complaints about leaks so far should be taken to the Journalists' Ethics Committee, and were not a criminal matter.

The Harpaz Affair started as an investigation of a document, forged by Boaz Harpaz, purporting to outline a strategy to help Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant become the next IDF chief of staff and has metamorphosized into a broad exposure of a complicated web of infighting between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi.

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