Ashkenazi first gave 'Galant Document' to army prosecutors

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 17, 2010 17:50

A new development in the "Galant Document" episode broke Tuesday.

According to police reports, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi was in possession of the Galant document weeks before Channel 2 publicized its contents on its Friday night news program Ulpan Shishi. The army, under Ashkenazi's instruction, has provided the document to police for their examination, making the court case involving Channel 2's copy of the document a moot issue.

IDF sources expressed surprise that Ashkenazi did not inform Defense Minister Ehud Barak or call in Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant to explain the material when he first received it.

Ashkenazi instead sent the document to military prosecutors to provide a professional opinion if there were any legally actionable offenses contained within it. Before a response was drafted, Channel 2 broke the story and publicized the document.


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