Lieberman calls to probe employees for leaks

Foreign Ministry officials reportedly appeal against FM's choice of ambassador to Egypt.

July 13, 2009 13:59
Lieberman calls to probe employees for leaks

FM Lieberman in Knesset 248.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday asked State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to investigate Foreign Ministry employees for allegedly leaking sensitive information to the media. Speaking at a meeting of the Knesset Control Committee, where the discussion was devoted to political appointments in the Foreign Ministry, Lieberman said that the disclosures cause "severe security and diplomatic damage," without going into further detail. The discussion was attended by his predecessor as foreign minister, opposition leader Tzipi Livni. On Sunday, senior ministry officials appealed to Foreign Ministry Director-General Yossi Gal in protest over Lieberman's intention to appoint Col. (res.) Shaul Kmissa, a former mayor of Hatzor Haglilit and an Israel Beiteinu activist reportedly close to Lieberman, as ambassador to Egypt. The minister's decision was revealed by Channel 1 on Friday. Lieberman on Monday deflected the outcry against the appointment in an interview with Israel Radio, calling the attacks on the move an act of the "thought police" and stressing that at this stage, it was merely a suggestion.

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