Netanyahu Irked By Security Cabinet Leaks

By Carlton Purvis

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a Wednesday meeting with his security cabinet right after it started because someone on the cabinet is leaking information being discussed in confidential meetings.

Wednesday would have been day two of cabinet meetings discussing Iran and the Israeli intelligence community’s annual assessment. But he immediately adjourned the meeting saying later in a statement, "Yesterday, somebody severely undermined the confidence that Israeli citizens give to this forum. He violated the most basic rules regarding the conduct of Security Cabinet discussions. He also hurt the good name of those present at the meeting who did not leak its contents."

Netanyahu did not name anyone as a suspect or say which report casued his reaction. The Jerusalem Post may have an idea though.

"The offending information may indeed have been banned from publication by the military censor -- the lead headline in Wednesday's Yediot Aharonoth read: "Disagreement about Iran among the intelligence agencies," the Post reports. According to the Yediot Aharonoth story, there was disagreement between Israel’s intelligence agencies on how to deal with Iran.

Now for the second time in as many years, Netanyahu is considering polygraph tests for everyone who was at the meeting to find the source of a leak.

In 2010, he had senior officials take lie-detector tests after sensitive information was leaked to the media. Later, his national security advisor was sacked.

Israeli politicians on Wednesday began calling for a smaller body to be set up to deal with issues concerning Iran.

Last month, we reported on a Department of Defense report that came to the conclusion that employee lie-detector tests improved personnel security. Of 41,057 polygraph tests conducted as part of personnel security screening, 3,903 led to admissions of misconduct.

So even if it doesn’t help Netanyahu find out who the leaker is, maybe it could lead to some other interesting disclosures?

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