Official: IDF probes into info leaks a cover-up

October 19, 2006 08:58

IDF sources said Thursday that Judge Advocate-General Brig.-Gen. Avi Mandelblit's decision to open investigations regarding intelligence leaks during the recent war in Lebanon was just a way for the army to dircet attention away from criticism over the IDF's management of the war. An IDF official told Israel Radio that military police investigations have no connection to national security or protecting the lives of soldiers, as suggested by the army. Over 400 conversations between journalists and IDF soldiers were recorded on military cell-phones, but not one of these conversations were recorded and therefore it would be impossible to know which individuals were responsible for leaking sensitive information to the press, the source said.

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