The PA suspects that one or two employees working for the PLO Negotiations
Department leaked the secret maps, charts and documents to the Al-Jazeera TV
network, a PA security source said on Monday.
The source told The
Jerusalem Post that the employees, who were not named, “sold the material to
Al-Jazeera in return for large sums.”
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Palestinian security forces have
interrogated a number of workers at the department, which is headed by Saeb
Erekat, the PLO’s chief negotiator, the source revealed.
According to the
source, it is “premature” to determine whether former Fatah security commander
Muhammad Dahlan was involved in the scandal.
However, a number of Fatah
and PA officials in Ramallah said that Dahlan – who has been at loggerheads with
PA President Mahmoud Abbas for the past few months – was the prime
They claimed Dahlan, who has been accused of planning to
overthrow the PA leadership, had leaked the documents to embarrass and discredit
Abbas and his top negotiators.
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