Olmert's Advisor Furious over Leaks

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's media advisor, Amir Dan,  wants an investigation opened into media leaks in the corruption case against the prime minister.

Excerpts from the police interrogation of Olmert's former business partner, attorney and close friend, Uri Messer, have appeared in two Israel's newspapers, Ma'ariv and Yediot Ahronot.

"I told Ehud [Olmert] that [the money] is in the safe," Messer testified to police. "I didn't tell him which safe," he said. "He trusted that I knew how to look after the money."

Asked who told him to look after the money, Messer responded "[former bureau chief and secretary Shula] Zaken and Olmert."

"When Shula or Ehud wanted a certain amount of money, they would call me and ask for it. I would go to the bank, open the safe and taken out the money they wanted," he said.

"From conversations with [US businessman Morris] Talansky, I understood that the money he gave to Shula reached me," Messer told investigators.

"I would get a phone call, arrive at the office, collect an envelope with [US] dollars and put it in the safe in my office. Shula asked me to hold on to the money for Olmert," he said.

Messer said he didn't think the cash wasn't used to fund campaigns.

"I don't know what [the cash was used for], perhaps for political needs, perhaps for personal needs," he said.

Meanwhile, Talansky's son, who has lived in Israel for 19 years, told Army Radio Wednesday that his father didn't know what Olmert did with the money.

"You have to ask Olmert about that, not my dad," he said, adding that his father was not a wealthy man.

"He has worked hard. He came from a simple background and, thank God, he was successful. However, he is definitely not a rich man," he said.

Source: Haaretz

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