Shin Bet: Steinitz didn't leak secret Iran intel

Finance minister blames Barak's office for Kuwaiti report claiming he gave reporters information from security cabinet meetings.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz 370 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz 370
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) denied that Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz leaked information on Iran from confidential security cabinet meetings, after Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported the claim on Tuesday.
According to Al-Jarida, Steinitz shared information on intelligence briefings and high-level discussions between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his American counterparts on Iran. The Kuwaiti paper said the Shin Bet discovered the leaks by monitoring the finance minister's phone calls.
Sources close to Steinitz blamed Barak for the reports, but Barak's office said that is not their style, that Barak does not pay any attention to Steinitz.
Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen called Steinitz to say the Al-Jarida report is baseless.
Last week, Channel 2 reported that, in a conversation between Steinitz and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the finance minister said that Barak betrayed Netanyahu by fomenting his dispute with US President Barack Obama in order to make himself look more moderate.
Soon after, Barak's close ally Industry Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon called Steinitz "Netanyahu's poodle."