The former national security adviser of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Uzi Arad, leveled heavy criticism at the Prime Minister on Friday, saying, among other things, that Netanyahu believes it is acceptable to lie during audits.
In an interview to Yediot Aharonot, Arad said that Netanyahu is convinced that The State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss "wants to destroy him," and that consequently the prime minister believes it is acceptable not to tell the truth during audits as a consequence.
Asked about his departure from his former post, Arad miantained, "I never leaked." “About Bibi [Benjamin Netanyahu] you can say that whoever leaked state secrets in the past, easily accepts such an accusation when it is leveled at somebody else,” Arad added.
Arad also blamed Netanyahu’s military secretary, Yohanan Loker, for making up stories against him, and said Netanyahu criticized him and made several hints that he leaked information to journalists.
According to Arad, Sara Netanyahu also criticized him over the alleged leak, asking, “Why did you go to the comptroller?”
The Prime Minister decided to fire Arad from his post in May 2011, after he was caught in a serious security leak, which Arad now denies. The investigation, at the end of which Arad was forced to resign, was opened after a request from the Obama administration, after details of classified conversations between the Israel and the U.S. related to the civil nuclear issue in june 2010.
The case began in the summer of 2010, when confidential security information was published in one of the Israeli news outlets. As a result, Netanyahu immediately ordered the Shin Bet to investigate the matter and locate the source of the leak. Most of Netanyahu's closest aides were questioned and underwent a polygraph test. Arad, who during his tenure routinely urged the prime minister to locate whistleblowers and punish them, was also questioned and was initially cleared along with many other government officials.
Meanwhile, the Shin Bet investigation had secretly carried on, and it was ultimately found that Arad was indeed the one responsible for the leak. Arad had allegedly let the information slip during a conversation with a reporter. The Defense Ministry later came to the conclusion that the leak caused significant harm to Israel's security.
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