Official: Arad's leaking of classified info was civil issue

May 18, 2011 09:16

A senior official on Wednesday said that former national security adviser Uzi Arad's leaking of classified information was not a security issues, rather a civil one, Israel Radio reported.

The official said that the leak involved a discussion between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arad over atomic energy, and that the conversation was leaked inadvertently when Arad made a side comment during a background briefing with a journalist.

Arad was forced to resign in March because he leaked the classified information, the Justice Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

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