Col. Viner surprised by 'thin conclusions' of Harpaz report

January 6, 2013 19:54


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In a sprawling response to the Harpaz report, Col. Erez Viner said Sunday that he read the document and was surprised by what he said is the gaping discrepancy between the hours of works, hundreds of witnesses, and the thin conclusions of the report.

Viner said that the part that deals with him show him to be "someone who paid and continues to pay a personal and professional price" because of the role he played in "shielding the chief of staff (Gabi Ashkenazi) from the "din of noise" around him and protecting him from the significant abuse that was directed towards him by the defense minister (Ehud Barak) over a long period of time."

He also said that the report leaves behind "a deep stench in the bowels of the Defense Ministry headquarters."

Viner also said that the report doesn't answer a number of questions, including who Harpaz was working for, where he drew his knowledge of intimate details of Barak's personal surroundings, who wrote the document, and who destroyed the recordings in the defense minister's office, among others. 

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