Ashkenazi launches counterattack on Barak regarding Harpaz

May 7, 2012 08:38

Associates of former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi hit back at Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday night, stating that Barak's latest claims against Ashkenazi are a baseless and ridiculous attempt to divert authorities from investigating the disappearance of tapes and documents in Barak's office relevant to the Harpaz affair.

Earlier Monday, Barak accused Ashkenazi of crimes related to receiving a bribe and assisting in giving a bribe.

Barak leveled the accusations in a letter he sent to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein. In the letter, Barak also called on State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to immediately publish his report into the Harpaz affair, which he claimed would reveal “harsh conclusions” regarding Ashkenazi’s conduct.

The Harpaz affair is named for Col. (res.) Boaz Harpaz, a former Military Intelligence officer who allegedly forged a document detailing a strategy of how to get former OC Southern Command Maj.- Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant appointed chief of staff in place of Ashkenazi.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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