PM denies asking Shin Bet to probe PMO officials

January 6, 2011 18:12


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The Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday denied reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) to investigate and give lie detector tests to members of his bureau that he suspected of leaking information.

The PMO statement said that Netanyahu instructed the Shin Bet to check how important state security information got leaked, but did not specifically blame members of his bureau.

"The decision of who would be investigated and what means would be used to investigate them was the Shin Bet's professional decision and the prime minister did not interfere with it in any way," the statement said.

All bureau personnel were cleared of blame and the results of the investigation were passed on to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein.

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