Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his legal team relayed on Wednesday that they are willing to undergo a polygraph test to prove that they did not leak material from the graft probe against the premier dubbed the "envelopes affair."
Olmert's attorney, Eli Zohar, has handed over to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz a list of 26 people who were exposed to the investigation's material, in response to a request to do so by Mazuz. The attorney general has also asked for a similar list from the attorney representing Shula Zaken, the prime minister's former bureau chief.
The probe is into suspicions that Olmert illicitly received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jewish American millionaire Morris Talansky over the course of 15 years.
Mazuz's move came after Olmert lodged a complaint with him on Monday about the leaks. On the prime minister's behalf, Zohar requested Mazuz promptly launch a probe to find out who gave the media transcripts of Olmert's police questioning.
"The leaks from the prime minister's investigation have crossed all boundaries," Zohar wrote.
The State Comptroller's Office on Wednesday reportedly began a comprehensive investigation into the use of wiretaps by interviewing Chief Superintendent Gadi Siso, head of the wiretapping department at national police headquarters.
The cabinet had asked the comptroller to look into the use of wiretaps in criminal investigations, including the tactics employed by police and prosecutors and the use made of the information collected, in view of complaints that had been raised on this issue in recent years. The appeal to the comptroller was a compromise agreed on after the cabinet rejected Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann's proposal to set up a governmental inquiry committee specifically on the police and prosecution's concealment of wiretaps during the trial of Friedmann's predecessor, Haim Ramon.
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