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Police issued a warrant to Channel 2 on Monday requesting that the station hand over the document which allegedly describes a campaign to promote Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant as the replacement for Gabi Ashkenazi as the next IDF chief-of-staff.
Earlier Monday, investigators searched the offices of Arad Communications. The public relations firm is the supposed source of the leaked document.
Investigators examined the company's office computers and took away company documents and other office equipment for further probing. Arad Communications employees as well as journalists were set to be questioned by police.
to be probed promptly
The investigators have yet to determine whether the document shown on Channel 2 with the purported public relations campaign for Galant was real or a forgery as Arad Communications co-founder Eyal Arad and Galant have claimed.
Arad, a political strategist, filed a
complaint at the Hayarkon police station
on Sunday morning and
continued to insist he had no connection with Galant. Galant himself
canceled a tour of a base in the North that had been set for Sunday. He
wrote a letter to Ashkenazi in which he distanced himself from what he
called a despicable libel and malicious defamation.
“I have no connection to this episode,” Galant said. “I didn’t see the
document, I wasn’t aware of it, and I haven’t been in touch with Eyal
Arad. Someone tried to entrap me and to use improper means to prevent me
from competing fairly for [the post of] chief of General Staff. I
didn’t hire Arad and I didn’t consult with him. It’s a forgery.”