Former Officer: PM's Lawyers behind Media Leaks

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - A former senior police officer said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's legal team is behind the leaks to the Israeli press.

Speaking with The Jerusalem Post, Cmdr. Yaakov Borovsky said 90 percent of senior law enforcement officials know this to be true.

"This is how the leaking process works," Borovsky explained. "Material from the investigation is passed on to lawyers of all parties involved in the form of a CD. The lawyers have the CD transcribed, and they leak it as part of a media war," he said.

Borovsky said leaking information, which appears to damage their client, distracts people from the police investigation.

"If they get an investigation launched into the leaks, this would serve Olmert's claim that leaks from the police are taking place," he said.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has opened an investigation into the leaks. While it appears to be at the behest of Olmert's media spokesman, Amir Dan, the police and the state prosecutor's office also want the source of the leaks exposed.

"[The investigation] has been launched to show that the leaks do not come from the prosecution," Borovsky said.

Cmdr. Yohanan Danino, chief investigator for the Israel Police, welcomed the move to solve "a situation [that is] intolerable and unprecedented in its severity."

According to the chief investigator, the leaks were "systematically perverting both the investigation and the legal process."

"The claims and hints that law enforcement is the source of the leaks are completely unfounded, as they seriously harm the investigation," Danino said.

Meanwhile, Borovsky rejected Amir Dan's accusation that he lacked objectivity because he had worked for the state controller.

"My former workplace has nothing to do with it," Borovsky said. "The state comptroller was never against Olmert," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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